Creating understanding around epilepsy

Connected through a love of sports and individual battles with epilepsy, Stacia, Billy and Coach Kill share their stories.

How does the brain suddenly flip a switch, start short-circuiting, and cause strange behavior that a person cannot control?

With more than 40 types of seizures, education is needed to dispel myths and misunderstanding surrounding epilepsy. This documentary aims to reduce the stigma through education and personal stories.

Featured Advocates

Stacia

Stacia

Documentary Filmmaker

Stacia is a University of Minnesota graduate and Emmy award-winning TV news reporter. She worked at stations in Nebraska, Oregon, and Michigan before a seizure turned her journalism career upside down. That led her to a life-saving treatment, and the idea to produce BRAINSTORM.

Coach Kill

Coach Kill

NCAA Football Coach

Jerry Kill has been coaching college football for more than three decades. He and his wife Rebecca became fierce advocates for epilepsy awareness while he was fighting his own battle at the University of Minnesota. Together they founded the Chasing Dreams Coach Kill Epilepsy Fund. Kill now coaches at Rutgers University.

Billy

Billy

Middle school student

Billy is an active middle schooler in Atlanta and suffers from epilepsy. Billy's parents have worked with doctors to try multiple treatments. A surprise meeting with Coach Kill leads them to try a new therapy.

Depending on where the bad circuit is, and how it fires, and how it spreads, one seizure can look completely different than another.

Dr. Brien Smith | Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Spectrum Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI

The reason it is the way it is, and why is it the way it is, is because people don’t know. They don’t understand. 

Dr. Patricia Penovich | Minnesota Epilepsy Group in St. Paul, MN.

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