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Morrison Family On Today Show With Epileptic Son


A Quad City area boy has a rare form of epilepsy called Lennox Gastout Syndrome and has up to 10 seizures a day. His mom, Cassie Kelm of Morrison, Ill., is looking for help in getting a few things that will help her 7-year-old son lead a more of a normal life.

She says her son, A. J., can't go outside to play, because their backyard is near some railroad tracks and it's not safe. She's hoping someone will help the family build a fence. She says teachers have identified A. J. as a visual learner, so she needs an iPad to help him in school. She is also hoping to get a service dog to help A. J. with other tasks. All of those wishes cost money, so the wife and mother of four wrote a letter and sent it out to media outlets in hopes that someone would listen.

The NBC Today Show heard her plea and invited the family to appear on the program Thursday morning. Cassie, her husband and A. J. talked to Hoda Kotbe and Kathy Lee Gifford about their situation as part of the "Everyone Has A Story" segment.

"When he was first diagnosed he would have up to 30 seizures a day and the doctors up' d his medications. It got better and seems to be on a good level when he is awake," said Cassie Kelm.

During their appearance, A. J. received two mini iPads to take home. After the interview, there was also a performance of a song written by Kathy Lee, just for A. J.

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