Gophers coach Jerry Kill launches epilepsy fund, kids camp - KMSP-TV

Gophers coach Jerry Kill launches epilepsy fund, kids camp

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill announced the launch of a new fund in partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation on their Rise Above Seizures day at Kieran’s Pub in Minneapolis.

As Kill took a stand in the fight against epilepsy with the inception of the "Chasing Dreams with Coach Kill" fund, 60,000 balloons were released to represent each Minnesotan with epilepsy. Epilepsy affects more Americans than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson's disease combined.


It’s estimated that one in 26 Americans will develop the seizure condition in their lifetime, and Kill is one of them. He has suffered four game-day seizures in three seasons with the Gophers -- his most recent occurred in the locker room at halftime against Michigan State in the last game of the regular season. He also suffered a seizure after a loss to Northwestern last October and on the sidelines in the last minute of a 2011 loss to New Mexico State.

Former Gopher defensive end Ra'Shede Hageman, who was just drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, voiced his support for his coach earlier this fall.

"You know Coach Kill, he's a fighter, and he's taught us a few things about that," Hageman said. "I feel like him being on his feet and coaching is fine with me."


"What happened is a tragic situation, and I am sending my thoughts and prayers to all the families involved," Kill said at the event.

Chasing Dreams Coach Kill Fund
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