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Huge turnout for fundraiser to help Johns Creek boy battling epilepsy

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The fundraiser at the Sugar Mill community clubhouse brought out lots of kids both young and old.

Tyler Lillard was in his element as the 9-year-old played with all the kids at the carnival-style fundraiser that's all about him.

"It was pretty awesome," said Tyler.

The Wilson Creek fifth-grader has a rare form of epilepsy. He'll have surgery next week to try to beat the disease.

The surgery is considered experimental so the insurance company won't cover the cost.

The group of women who organized the event only learned of "Tyler's Journey" two weeks ago, yet they managed to make the event happen.

Sara Bryan is one of the PTA members at Tyler's school.

"We were going to have some sort of event. We didn't know what. We didn't know. We didn't know how," said Bryan. "A bunch of mama bears got together and this is what we came up with."

What they came up with is a touchdown of sorts - scoring a meet and greet with Falcons football star Jason Snelling who also battles epilepsy.

"For me to be able to play football with my condition like that, a lot of people ask me a lot of questions. 'How did I do it?' It's kind of like my calling to share my experience," said Snelling.

Snelling also brought his wife and young kids to take part in the fun.

Tina Lillard said the event is just one more way to help her son keep up with the rest of the kids while fighting epilepsy.

"Kids handle it better than adults. Adults tend to overreact," she said.

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