Former Olympian with epilepsy hosts student forum

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)-- A former United States Olympic women's hockey player is in the Chippewa Valley this week to talk about overcoming obstacles on and off the rink.

Chanda Gunn was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was nine, but that didn't stop her from helping lead the USA to a bronze medal in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Italy.

Thursday night, Gunn shared her story of perseverance in the face of adversity with student-athletes at Chippewa Falls High school.

Chanda Gunn says "Share my experience with not only hockey and success but with having seizures and obstacles but hopefully inspire some hope for people who are struggling. They all have a platform as athletes and students to spread a message and to create real change."

Gunn is heavily involved in charity work, serving as an Athletes vs. Epilepsy ambassador. Chanda will be the guest speaker at the Harvest Gala Epilepsy Foundation of Western Wisconsin dinner Friday night at the Florian Gardens.

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