OAK HILL - A Fayette County middle schooler diagnosed with epilepsy is headed to a statewide competition Friday to present a project about his condition.
Christian Dyer is a sixth grader at Collins Middle School who's gained attention from his social studies project on epilepsy.
Dyer was diagnosed with the disorder when he was 3 years old, but hasn't suffered a seizure in the last four years thanks to treatment at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic.
“I want everyone to know about it so we're not scared or feared,” Dyer said. “We're just like every other person. We just have to take everything with caution.”
During his research, Dyer learned that it was only last year that West Virginia repealed the forced sterilization of epileptics. Through his project, He'd like to spread the word about how people like him lived in society as well as inform others about the disorder.
“I think it's really brave, and when he presented it to us in class, I would have had no idea that he had epilepsy,” teacher Monica Macrum told WOAY.
The state social studies fair is set for Friday at the Charleston Civic Center. Dyer will find out how he does by 5 p.m.