Statistics show more than 375,000 Floridians live with epilepsy; approximately 84,000 of these are children. One child, Emily Head, daughter of Hill Yorker, John Head, should be commended for her tireless effort to support families and individuals with Epilepsy. For her, this is not just a cause of good intentions. Emily was diagnosed with the complex disease three years ago and she has been actively donating her time to support the cause ever since.
Since her diagnosis, Emily has remained a determined advocate of support. She has held two garage sales and graciously donated all monies raised to two well known Epilepsy organizations, The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida and Camp Boggy Creek. Emily was also featured as a One Person Fund Raiser in the Boggy Camp newsletter as she was recognized for her efforts to raise awareness while selling water bottles in the hot Florida sun during Epilepsy week.
Not only does she sell in the hot sun, she walks for the cause too. Emily recently participated in The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida’s Walk the Talk walk-a-thon held March 10th in Hollywood Beach. Many Hill Yorkers stepped up and showed their support by making individual donations to raise money for the walk.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida serves as the lead advocate for the rights and needs of people with epilepsy and seizure disorders at the local, county and state level. EFOF provides many valuable services to individuals and their families, regardless of their financial situation. To learn more or get involved, visit http://www.efof.org/.
Camp Boggy Creek, founded by Paul Newman, is open year-round and utilizes nearly 1,800 volunteers per year to accomplish its mission to enrich the lives of children who have chronic or life threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe, and medically sound. To learn more or get involved, visit http://www.boggycreek.org.
All in all, we are very proud of Emily, as she proves to be a tireless champion of hope and improvement for the lives of so many affected with this chronic neurological disorder.