By Ruchelle Buenaventura
Check out our USE A HELMET, PREVENT EPILEPSY campaign in EFVA's 2017-2018 Calendar! Thanks to all submissions and congratulations to all of our winners. These calendars are distributed all over Virginia for educational purposes.
AUGUST 2017: MCKENZIE BRILLHART, KIPPS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BLACKSBURG
SEPTEMBER 2017: SAGE BLAIR, DESMOND T. DOSS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, LYNCHBURG
OCTOBER 2017: GENEVIEVE WATKINS, M. MAURY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ALEXANDRIA
NOVEMBER 2017: ETHAN STUMP, CHARLES BARRETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ALEXANDRIA
DECEMBER 2017: ISABELLA FLETT, CLARA BYRD BAKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WILLIAMSBURG
JANUARY 2017: ELODIE ANDERSON, CHARLES BARRETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ALEXANDRIA
FEBRUARY 2017: TAKIYAH HARRIS, CHASE CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, CHASE CITY
MARCH 2018: CECILY BOYLE, CHARLES BARRETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ALEXANDRIA
APRIL 2018: MINH NGUYEN, KIPPS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BLACKSBURG
MAY 2018: LEENA LAHRACH, CLARA BYRD BAKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WILLIAMSBURG
JUNE 2018: ELSA IKNER, CLARA BYRD BAKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WILLIAMSBURG
JULY 2018: OLIVIA LEIGH LONGOBARDI, M. MAURY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ALEXANDRIA
by Ruchelle Buenaventura
This September, 9-year-old Haley Walker of Palmyra, VA is having a lemonade stand in honor of her 3-year-old brother with epilepsy.
At first, Haley was afraid of her brother's seizures. She was scared that something would happen to him, but later understood that it is a livable condition. As she advocates for her brother, she wishes to raise awareness for epilepsy and money for the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia (EFVA).
She will sell lemonade, water and self-baked cookies at the Palmyra Volunteer Fire Company, who is hosting a bake and yard sale on September 23rd from 8 AM -1 PM at 14567 James Madison Highway, Palmyra, VA. All funds raised will be donated to the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia in her brother's honor.
Thank you Haley for caring about your family's epilepsy hero!
If you would like to donate supplies to Haley, she is in need of bottled water, frozen or bottled lemonade mix, and cups, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to connect you with her family!
Unable to attend Haley's Lemonade Stand? Donate here.
See Haley's letter here:
While families of children with epilepsy may have difficulties finding a day care facility that can accommodate for their child's needs, inadequate training is no longer a valid excuse! These child care providers should be able to administer medication after this course, a common difficulty of EFVA parents.
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