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Man walks to Coast for epilepsy

By Standard Reporter | Published Mon, July 30th 2018 at 09:18, Updated July 30th 2018 at 09:38 GMT +3
Nairobi CBD. [Photo/Courtesy]

Frederick Beuchi embarked on a 12-day walk to Mombasa, covering 482 kilometres. His unusual journey is one born of love for his sister, a love that has turned into a passion to fight for others suffering from the disease that has long afflicted his sibling – epilepsy.

Mr Beuchi said his sister was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of two, and that it had been a long journey trying to find help.

He planed to cover 45 kilometres over nine hours each day to raise awareness about the disease and to help drum up support and attention for a roadshow caravan by the National Epilepsy Coordination Committee to be held in Mombasa on August 15 and 16.

 Beuchi said that in Kwale, where he comes from, the disease was misunderstood and the condition steeped in stigma, with witchcraft overtones. It was not until 2013, he said, that his 11-year-old sister got the medical attention that changed her life and spurred him to try to spread hope.

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