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Sen. Merritt Meets with Briezy’s Bunch CEO and CFO for Epilepsy Advocacy Efforts

STATE HOUSE (Oct. 9, 2017) — State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) recently met with Briezy’s Bunch CFO Justin Krowel and Briezy’s Bunch CEO April Krowel, to discuss issues affecting individuals with epilepsy in Indiana, like the rising costs of necessary life-saving medications.

Briezy’s Bunch is a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance, emotional support and educational resources to individuals with epilepsy and their families, resulting in increased access to care, improved mental health and increased education about epilepsy.

“Briezy’s Bunch is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in our community,” Merritt said. “They demonstrate a level of passion and care that is not only necessary to provide assistance for Hoosiers with epilepsy and their families, but to make real positive change.”

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that epilepsy is on the rise, with at least three million adults and 470,000 children living with the disorder.

“Anytime you have 30 minutes of undivided attention with a state leader to discuss vital issues affecting more than 100,000 Hoosiers, it’s a win for public health and services,” Justin Krowel said. “We are proud to have Sen. Merritt fight with us for increased access to critical medical needs of those with epilepsy in Indiana.”

Merritt is planning on immediately addressing the issue with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He is also taking action to stand with Briezy’s Bunch by being the first “celebrity” to commit to attend the organization’s inaugural Tee Off for Epilepsy charity golf tournament in August 2018.

Briezy’s Bunch also offers an epilepsy support group for anyone affected by epilepsy, including families and caregivers.

“Often families feel alone and isolated because others don’t understand what they’re dealing with,” April Krowel said. “I am hopeful this group will provide a much needed space to discuss the challenges and to also celebrate the milestones of our family members.”

To volunteer or donate to Briezy’s Bunch, visit


Sen. Merritt Contact: Lauren Beatty, Press Secretary
(317) 234-9221

Briezy’s Bunch Contact: Ela Kelly, CEO and Publicist Krown Public Relations LLC
(224) 480-6855