Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison Visits Capitol Hill to Advocate for Epilepsy Programs & Services Funding

Epilepsy Foundation Champion and Board Member Raises Awareness about Epilepsy & Seizures 

Thursday, August 2, 2018
Rick Harrison in Washington, D.C.
Harrison in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 3, 2018 — Reality TV star Rick Harrison of “Pawn Stars” this week visited Capitol Hill to advocate for more funding for epilepsy programs and services to assist the 3.4 million people with epilepsy in the United States and their families. As a member of the Epilepsy Foundation’s Board of Directors, Harrison highlighted a few of the Foundation’s key initiatives this past year while meeting with key legislators, including a partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to improve access to care for people with epilepsy, expand the Foundation’s digital reach and online resources in homes across our country, and ensure school personnel, first responders, and the public are better trained in recognition of seizures and first aid, in every state.

“I’m proud to serve alongside thousands of Epilepsy Foundation leaders who care deeply about bringing services to their community,” said Harrison. “We are driven as a community to do all we can to End Epilepsy and to provide care and support to those who experience seizures, like I did when I was a child.”

Rick Harrison at the 2017 Netathon
Harrison in Nevada

Having lived with epilepsy throughout most of his childhood and teens, Harrison became a national spokesperson for the Epilepsy Foundation in 2003 and has partnered with the Foundation since to create awareness about epilepsy and seizures and help address the needs of the epilepsy community in Nevada.

While in Capitol Hill, Harrison took some time to thank legislators for increased funding for brain research being conducted at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke at the National Institutes of Health. In addition, he discussed the Foundation’s Teens Speak Up program which gives a voice to teenagers with epilepsy and their families across the country and urged lawmakers for continued funding for CDC epilepsy programs and NIH epilepsy research to continue the nation’s leadership position in epilepsy care and research.

About Epilepsy

When a person has two unprovoked seizures or one unprovoked seizure with the likelihood of more, they are considered to have epilepsy (an unprovoked seizure is one that occurs for no known reason). Epilepsy affects more than 3.4 million people in the United States and 65 million worldwide and their families. This year, another 150,000 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy. Despite all available treatments, at least 3 out of 10 people with epilepsy continue to experience uncontrolled seizures while many more experience less than optimal seizure control.

About the Epilepsy Foundation
The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with more than 50 network partners throughout the U.S., has led the fight against seizures since 1968. The Foundation is an unwavering ally for individuals and families impacted by epilepsy and seizures. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is: to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. The Foundation works to ensure that people with seizures have the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential. For additional information, please visit “Like” the Epilepsy Foundation on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at

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The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

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