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By Jane Fetterly (originally published on PalmBeachDailyNews)

“My son Jackson, 7, is excited to one of the faces for the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida,” said Christine Cunningham, lead telecommunications supervisor for the town.

Jackson was diagnosed with the disorder in 2010. Cunningham said she would like to raise awareness about epilepsy and seizure disorders. Each year, it is estimated 45,000 children are diagnosed with epilepsy.

“Not everyone with epilepsy falls to the ground during a seizure,” she added.

Jackson, wearing a purple shirt, is pictured in a poster advertising a day at the Palm Beach Zoo to kick off November as Epilepsy Awareness Month.

The zoo event, from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 2, will feature music, finger foods, animal encounters, prizes, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $50 per adult (includes one child free) and $10 for each additional child. Tickets can be purchased at www.EpilepsyFla.org. The event will raise money to support programs for children and youth.