Spring Lake family rallies around daughter with 'Kleppilepsy'

When Grace Kleppe's father Andy told her about the diagnosis on New Year's Eve, he said she didn't have epilepsy, but rather "Kleppilepsy," playing on the family name.

SPRING LAKE, MICH. - A diagnosis of epilepsy can be devastating, but a sixth grader in Spring Lake has chosen to embrace it.

When Grace Kleppe's father Andy told her about the diagnosis on New Year's Eve, he said she didn't have epilepsy, but rather "Kleppilepsy."

The family made T-shirts, using the play on their last name, to show support for Grace. What started as an inside joke has now spread to their community, said Grace's mom, Amy Kleppe.

"From teachers, to friends of Grace's -- everybody has contacted us and wanted T-shirts and have been very supportive," Amy said. "For something that started not so great for our family, to have something really good come out of it is awesome."

The T-shirts were designed by a Spring Lake High School senior.

Proceeds from the shirt sales will go to the Danny Did Foundation which is dedicated to preventing deaths caused by seizures.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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