‘Pawn Stars’ cast member and Gold & Silver Pawn owner Rick Harrison (pictured right) was propelled to fame with the runaway success of his History series. But it was living with epilepsy that started his interest in history.
“Because of my seizures, I was forced to spend a lot of time in bed in my room away from the television when I was a kid,” Harrison said. “The best way to entertain myself was to read so I became very interested in history books.”
Harrison met with Epilepsy Foundation President and CEO Phil Gattone at his shop last week to talk about joining forces to bring awareness about epilepsy and seizures in Nevada and across the country.
“We always encourage people living with epilepsy to talk about it to help bring it out of the shadows, and we are thrilled to have Rick join the Foundation and our 47 local affiliates to further elevate awareness about epilepsy and seizures,” Gattone said. “We welcome Rick to the Epilepsy Foundation family and look forward to partnering with him and his family for a long time to come.”
“I am happy that the Epilepsy Foundation heard about my having experienced it as a child and reached out to me. I am honored to work with them and want to encourage everyone to talk about their stories and build a community to help in every way possible as we progress in finding more solutions for those who have epilepsy,” shared Rick.
The latest season of ‘Pawn Stars’ begins October 10 on the History. Visit the series website at www.gspawn.com for more information.
When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they have epilepsy, which affects more than 2 million people in the U.S. and 65 million people worldwide. This year, another 150,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with epilepsy.
The Epilepsy Foundation, a national nonprofit with 47 affiliated organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against seizures since 1968. The Foundation's goals are to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences and to prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research so not another moment is lost to seizures. For additional information, please visit www.epilepsy.com and www.epilepsyfoundation.org