In 2015, I fell down — a lot, and literally — as I was diagnosed with epilepsy. But more importantly, I fell through the cracks. When I needed help the most, it wasn’t there for me, or for my family. While Calgary has world-class neurological health care, at the time of my diagnosis Calgary did not have the level of social services needed for those impacted by epilepsy. Over the last three years, I've been fortunate to work with many dedicated Calgarians to make sure that nobody falls through the cracks again. Thanks to their efforts, the Epilepsy Association of Calgary is firmly on track to become a leading epilepsy association with Canada in the years to come. I'm proud to serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Epilepsy Association of Calgary as it continues to grow.
An estimated 1 in 100 people have epilepsy, and another 1 in 10 will have a seizure at some point in their life. In addition to the health impacts of epilepsy, the condition itself is often misunderstood and stigmatized, with 38% of Canadians with epilepsy saying they have faced stigma, discrimination and a lack of awareness, myself included.
When I was first diagnosed in 2015, I didn’t know how much my life or my dreams would change. Since then, I’ve done more that I thought possible and I continue to work every day to break the stigma around epilepsy, by living my life to the fullest and working with the Epilepsy Association of Calgary. I hope to continue to break the stigma while raising important funds along the way! Thank you for your support.
|Donation date||Donor name||Donation amount|
|Aug 30||Rick Breen||$250.00|
|Aug 30||Linda Legatr||$250.00|
|May 14||Justin Gotfried||$25.00|
|May 13||Stephanie Carrobourg||$100.00|
|May 13||Daana Downey||$100.00|
|May 13||Anonymous||Undisclosed amount|
|May 13||Evan Legate||$500.00|