MUSTER: The Harms family is bringing epilepsy awareness to the bush.
MUSTER: The Harms family is bringing epilepsy awareness to the bush. Contributed

Mustering for a cause

THE Great Elders Cattle Muster is coming to Roma later this month with the aim of helping people living under the shadow of epilepsy in rural and regional Queensland.

At the Maranoa Regional Council's Roma Store Sale on Tuesday, May 22, Elders will auction donated cattle and all proceeds will go to Epilepsy Queensland.

The funds will go towards establishing a service on the ground in regional Queensland.

The Epilepsy Queensland program will also help young people in rural and remote areas with epilepsy take greater charge of their lives.

Yeppoon's Charlie Harms undertook brain surgery for epilepsy at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne almost two years ago.

Just 14 at the time, Charlie was the youngest Australian to stay awake during brain surgery, which allowed the teenager to guide his neurosurgeon through the complex process.

Now 16, he has been seizure-free for 18 months, changing his life dramatically.

More than 100,000 Queenslanders - or about one in 50 - will be diagnosed with epilepsy during their lives.

Epilepsy is caused by a disruption of the normal electrochemical activity of the brain and takes many forms.


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