has learned that The Bold and the Beautiful’s Hunter Tylo (Dr. Taylor Marone) will be the celebrity spokesperson at the First Annual Wings of Hope Benefit in support of the American Epilepsy Outreach Association, to be held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, Illinois on Friday, June 13th, 2008 from 7:00 PM until midnight.

B&B’s Tylo, as readers know, lost her son, Mickey, last October in a seizure-related incident, which led to him drowning in the family’s pool. On her website, the actress tells the story of Mickey’s epilepsy and how it affected their lives. She explains that Mickey suffered from Partial Complex Seizures. She shares how Mickey experienced his very first seizure at age 15, at a party surrounded by family and friends. Mickey suddenly started uttering nonsense words and adopted a blank stare. Hunter says that she remembers being puzzled by his behavior, and notes that that was the first of dozens, even hundreds, of seizures for her son.

Hunter relates an incident that, for her, underlined the seriousness of Mickey’s condition. One day she received a phone call, in which she was told there had been an accident involving her son. Newly licensed, Mickey had been driving his new car to school, when he suffered a seizure and cut across three lanes of traffic – driving directly into four lanes of oncoming traffic. His car as well as another, was destroyed. Devastated, Mickey lost not only his mode of transportation, but also his independence, as his license was taken away. He had to be three months free of seizures before having it reinstated. She also recounts how difficult it became to keep him safe, as the seizures became more frequent and could happen in dangerous surroundings – such as at the top of a staircase! Mickey’s condition also led to depression and anxiety as he struggled to understand what was happening to him, and to make others aware as well. Of course, in the end, Mickey lost his life as a result of the unpredictable seizures.

Through her association with the American Epilepsy Outreach Association, Hunter is trying to help raise awareness of how serious the implications of this condition can be! Tickets for the event in Chicago are $100 per person, which includes hors d’oeuvres, a signature cocktail and a selection of wine and beer, non-alcoholic beverages, entry into all museum exhibits, including the Butterfly Haven, a silent auction and entertainment. VIP tickets to the event are $200 per person, which includes entrance to the event at 6:00 PM for a private cocktail reception with Hunter Tylo. There are only a limited number of VIP tickets available. For more information, visit Wings of Hope Benefit, or Hunter’s Website.