SL Twp. boy speaks to state lawmakers about his epilepsy

A Spring Lake Township boy spoke with two state lawmakers about his experience living with epilepsy on May 3 - and might get to do the same in Washington, D.C. Scott and his mother, Carrie Uthe, met state Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive; and state Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township. Carrie was asked by the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan to bring her son on a trip to the state Capitol. He and others affected by the disease spoke with the legislators about how the condition affects their lives.
Jordan Travis
May 26, 2011

Scott, 11; and his brother, Matthew, 7, both experience what are known as complex partial seizures. These can cause episodes where the boys will stare blankly, perform repetitive tasks or act out, their mother said.

Scott and Matthew attend Spring Lake Public Schools.

In the fall of 2010, Scott was named one of Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan’s Winning Kids. He was selected for his “courage to live life to the fullest with epilepsy,” Carrie said.

“He does not let his disorder interfere with going rock climbing, swimming, baseball or wanting to play football,” his mother said. “He just takes the necessary precautions to keep himself safe.”

To read more of this story, see today’s print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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