In the U.S. alone, over 500 new cases of Epilepsy are diagnosed every day.
This statistic is personal to our family. On August 29, 2006, our daughter, Sarah Morgan Fradkin, was diagnosed with Epilepsy at the age of 6. After months of tests and trying different seizure medications, Sarah’s seizures decreased from hundreds each day to zero. Sarah was seizure-free for 3 years before the seizures started again on February 4, 2010. Since diagnosis, 18 different anti-convulsant medications and the modified ketogenic diet have failed. Nothing has been successful in controlling her seizures.
In April 2011, Sarah had multiple brain surgeries trying to identify where the seizures start. Unfortunately, the team of doctors were not able to locate the area of the brain where the seizures originate, so a resection of the area was not possible and Sarah continued to seize.
Sarah is now a senior in high school and her last seizure was April 29, 2015. For over 2 years, Sarah has had the opportunity to compete on the high school swim team, town soccer team and participate in the school play. Sarah enjoys spending time with friends, working at a local daycare, and is starting to think about college. Sarah understands how bright her future can be without having seizures and is committed to continuing to raise awareness and funding for epilepsy research.