Mira Costa High School sophomore Slater Heidrich continues his battle with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy while raising funds to he find a cure through the group he formed, Mira Costa End Epilepsy. The benefit concert, Epipalooza, takes place Saturday, June 1, at The Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach.
The event features five bands, including Heidrich's Good Vibe, performing from 3 to 8 p.m. Also performing are XYZPDQ, Minor Problem, Pier Pressure and Chroma Haze. Cooper Jones will be performing a couple acoustic songs as well.
At the end of the event, MCEE plans to present a check to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles with the funds the group has raised over the past year. Heidrich said he hopes to raise $10,000.
Heidrich had been suffering multiple seizures that started when he was 10 years old, including serious grand mal seizures, landing him in the hospital on multiple occasions.
“After we came home from Palm Springs last May, I had three violent grand mal seizures, I felt like I didn't want to live with the fact that the smallest mistake can lead to something big,” said Heidrich, which led him to create the club at his high school and the annual fundraiser.
“Epilepsy kind of makes me feel bad … but I know I can't control the fact that I have it.”
Heidrich's mother, Kat Monk, who is organizing this year's event, said “Slater will more than likely have epilepsy his entire life but if there are great strides in finding cures then families that are affected by epilepsy won’t have to live on pins and needles all the time. A seizure can strike at any time and place. We are extremely lucky that medications help prevent seizures for Slater. Many are not that lucky. He has to take meds every single day and one missed dose can have drastic ramifications.”
The event also features a silent auction and raffle.
For more information on the charity, visit EndEpilepsy.org