9-year-old with epilepsy thanks his doctor after being seizure-free for over 2 years

Drew Hershey, 9, eats lunch with his neurologist, Scott Hoyer, M.D. Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. (WLFI Photo/Paul Zink)
Drew Hershey, 9, eats lunch with his neurologist, Scott Hoyer, M.D. Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. (WLFI Photo/Paul Zink)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The family of a boy with epilepsy took the time to thank his doctor for his hard work.

Nine-year-old Drew Hershey, his parents Aaron and Becky, and his brother Will brought lunch to Drew’s neurologist, Dr. Scott Hoyer on Thursday.

Drew Hershey has been seeing Dr. Hoyer for four years about his condition and has been seizure-free for more than two years.

The Hersheys said Drew has had an easier time in school since he began treatment with Dr. Hoyer at IU Health Arnett.

Dr. Hoyer and his staff have just done so much for us, especially in the beginning when this was all new to us,” said Aaron Hershey. “Just a warm and welcoming staff and Dr. Hoyer has been tremendous with Drew.”

The Hershey family chose to thank Dr. Hoyer this week to raise awareness during National Epilepsy Month.

“It’s wonderful. It’s extremely nice and gracious of them to do this. It was totally unexpected,” said Dr. Hoyer.

More than 3 million people in the U.S. have epilepsy and although Dr. Hoyer said treatments have come a long way, there is still a long way to go.