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Scott County teen on mission to educate others about Epilepsy

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – Just five short years ago, a Scott County teen was diagnosed with Epilepsy and since then she’s been working to make schools safer for kids like Lyndsey Crunk.

Last year, Governor Bevin signed a bill into law in her honor. Now, other states are following suit. Crunk is only 17, but she’s proving it’s never too early to start creating change.

Lyndsey was diagnosed with Epilepsy in 2014. The diagnosis was a surprise and scary for her family, especially for her mom, Cyndi.

“I didn’t know enough about Epilepsy. I didn’t know what to expect,” Cyndi told LEX 18’s Claire Crouch.

Cyndi felt alone, and as she realized so many others were just as much in the dark, she turned to advocacy groups.

Before long, she and Lyndsey started advocating for what they call “seizure smart” schools… a push to mandate seizure first aid training. Their work culminated last April with Governor Matt Bevin signing the Lyndsey Crunk Act into law making Kentucky the first in the nation to require teachers and personnel at public schools to undergo training in seizure first aid.

They have now received a national award for her work and other states are now adopting their own seizure smart laws.

If you want to learn more about Lyndsey’s work, click here.

Melissa Ratliff

Melissa Ratliff

Melissa is the Executive Producer of Digital Content at LEX 18.
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