03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Axelrods On 60 Minutes : Help Them Find A Cure For Epilepsy

President Obama's senior adviser David Axelrod appeared on CBS' 60 Minutes Sunday in a different capacity -- as a father.

David and Susan Axelrod opened up to Katie Couric about epilepsy and its effects on their 28-year-old daughter Lauren.

The Axelrods discovered that their daughter Lauren had epilepsy when she was seven months old. During a bout with a cold, Lauren began convulsing uncontrollably, and Susan realized that her daughter's illness was anything but common. Susan remembers the incident:

"I picked her up, and she went into a seizure--arms extended, eyes rolling back in her head. I realized she'd most likely been having seizures all night long. I phoned my mother and cried, 'This is normal, right? Babies do this?' She said, 'No, they don't.'"

Lauren's seizures continued throughout her childhood and young adult life. Her parents, realizing that epilepsy is undertreated and misunderstood, created CURE, an organization aimed at treating and finding a cure for the disease. Their 60 Minutes segment delves into their struggle and what can be done.

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