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Star of 'Pawn Stars' new national epilepsy spokesperson


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Star of 'Pawn Stars' new national epilepsy spokesperson

By Beth Fisher. CREATED Mar 26, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- All day Wednesday, if you wear purple to the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop and make a donation to the Epilepsy Foundation, you could have a chance to meet the cast of 'Pawn Stars' and maybe even be an extra in the show.

Rick Harrison is the new spokesperson for the National Epilepsy Foundation.

It's probably the most famous pawn shop in the world and now its owner is using his star power to help raise awareness and money for the National Epilepsy Foundation, which hasn't received much star power in the past.

Rick Harrison doesn't get it, "You could take people with autism and a dozen other diseases and there are still more people with epilepsy. I don't know why it doesn't have star power."  It does now. "I guess it does. I'm a fat bald guy who works in a pawn shop."

Rick Harrison jokes about his career, but what led him to fame is no laughing matter. As a child, Rick had epilepsy, "The seizures would rip muscles in my back and leg so I started reading history books. I fell in love with them. I was a complete book worm from 8 years old on."

At 18, Rick finally outgrew his seizures. But not before his love of history shaped his store and his show, now in 150 countries and 38 languages, "Hopefully we can raise awareness, help people, raise money."

He's already doing his part, planning to auction off this tiara worn by President Mckinnley's wife, Ida, who had epilepsy. "One of the reasons she sat next to him, he'd put a napkin over her face because she was embarrassed by the contortions in her face when she was having a seizure. This was a time when people thought epilepsy was contagious. Anyone who worked for him who said anything about epilepsy was immediately fired."

Proceeds from the auction of this tiara will go to the Epilepsy Foundation. And while you may not have $50,000 or $60,000 to bid on it, you can still make a difference.

"If somebody comes down and they throw a sizable amount of money down, I'll even make them an extra on Pawn Stars," said Harrison.

All day Wednesday, a $5 donation gets you a cupcake and a chance to win an autographed picture.  Rick's dad, the 'Old Man,' will be taking pictures with fans. And again, if you throw down big bucks you may be on the show.

Beth Fisher

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Beth Fisher is an anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas and reports on the positive news in Las Vegas.