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J.J. Abrams on Epilepsy Awareness

J.J. Abrams is an advocate for epilepsy awareness and best friend of founder Greg Grunberg. Abrams is the director of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).

He also produced and directed many other blockbuster films. His television work includes producing series like ALIAS, Lost, Felicity, Person of Interest, and Westworld.


Director J.J. Abrams: Ok. Listen please. This could be important.

Lives could literally depend on it.

Nearly 3 million Americans, 65 million people around the world, live with epilepsy and seizures. That’s almost 4% of the population.

150,000 Americans are diagnosed with epilepsy each year. One in 26 of us will develop epilepsy in our lifetime.

Do you know 26 people? Of course you do.

So someone you already know has probably had a seizure - a friend, coworker or family member - but they haven’t told you because they’re afraid what you might think. Afraid the way it might affect your perception of them when there’s nothing to be ashamed of.

That’s why it’s so important that we talk about it.

We need to talk about it to get the facts about seizures. To gain understanding. To learn what epilepsy is AND what it isn’t. To erase the stigma. To support new therapies and research. To save lives. To know what to do if someone has a seizure.

For example, never put something in someone’s mouth if they have a seizure. If someone is having a seizure, don’t restrain them or hold them down. Visit to learn about seizure first aid and so much more.

To find out how you can help, to find out how you can make a difference, get started now - go to and start a conversation.

3 million Americans. 65 million people. One in 26 of us.

Everyone needs to talk about it.