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July 2015 NEWSLETTER
Serving epilepsy patients in Northern California from Fresno to Monterey to the Oregon border
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With Gratitude to
2014 Gala Sponsors

Gold 
Remick Family Foundation

 
Silver
Prakash Arunachalam
Chrisman Family Trust
Falasco Keeney Family
Edie E. Zusman MD &
Stephen Pratt

 
 
Pacific Brain and Spine
 

Benefactor
Ken and Veronika Archer
Nancy and Fred Teichert
Charles Wilson, MD &
Frances Petrocelli
Frank and Lesley Yeary

Team MIKE
Carrying On A Friend's Legacy

Scott Earle shares his story about how a close friend affected by epilepsy influenced the life he leads today. 

Michael Roy Anderson is the reason behind the ongoing adventures of Team MIKE.

Mike was one of my best friends but he hid a secret. Mike had epilepsy. I don't think he was embarrassed, I just think he didn't want to bother anyone with his troubles.

That was the kind of guy Mike was. I only wish he would have shared his secret; we could have done more to help. Mike passed away from complications to his epilepsy while sleeping on October 29, 2008.
Team Mike 2015
(Scott, far right)

Although Mike's passing brought sadness, it inspired me to give others hope. In 2009, I decided that I would run the Bay to Breakers in Mike's honor. Dave, Mike's brother, assured me I wouldn't be running alone--family and friends jumped on board. Team MIKE formed and has been growing ever since. Our team donations helped send not only one, but two children to Camp Coelho in 2009.

We were inspired to do it again in 2015. We held a karaoke event and continued the tradition of participating in Bay to Breakers to shed light on epilepsy. Due to our success, we are sending another child to Camp Coelho! This is our small part to the great work this foundation is doing to spread awareness, provide education, and hope to all those affected by epilepsy.
--Scott Earle
Tips for a Seizure-Smart Summer
Stay Safe!

With summer upon us, it is important to consider some seasonal health and safety issues that epilepsy patients may have. S afety considerations may vary depending upon seizure type, frequency, severity, triggers, and individual abilities.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking more water. 
  • Stay cool by limiting sun exposure and by dressing in lightweight clothing. Spend time in air conditioned facilities.
  • Sunglasses that are blue tinted polarized may help minimize photosensitivity if participating in outdoor activities. 
  • Keep a regular sleep schedule.
  • Take medications on time and as prescribed. 
  • Swim in an area that is supervised by a lifeguard aware of your condition or with someone familiar with your needs. Wearing a life jacket or flotation device as necessary. 
  • And of course, don't forget the sunscreen!
Adapted from BC Epilepsy Society
Meet Kaitlyn
Her Inspirational Story

Kaitlyn O'Connor, 13-years old, had her first seizure in the 6th grade. Within a year of her first seizure, she was experiencing 24-hour per day moving and twitching sensations on her left side. Although Kaitlyn was diagnosed with epilepsy at a young age, she has not let it define who she is
Kaitlyn Smiles
For the Camera!

Kaitlyn will enter 8th grade this fall. She has undergone three brain surgeries over the past year. While she's had no seizures since her third surgery in March, Kaitlyn currently uses a wheelchair and attends strenuous physical therapy to relearn how to walk. Kaitlyn's treatment has forced her to miss many school days, so her summer schedule is packed with school classes and tutoring lessons. Kaitlyn's favorite school subject is Language Arts because she loves reading and one of her favorite book series is the Divergent trilogy. It just so happened that all the Divergent movie openings fell on surgery days... Kaitlyn joked about a conspiracy against her!

"Kaitlyn is the most enthusiastic, positive person I know." -Dr. Brenda Porter

Despite having epilepsy, Kaitlyn enjoys canvas painting in her neighbor's backyard studio, supporting the softball team she played with to a championship level,  watching the TV show "Girl Meets World",   and cheering on the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors. At a Cleveland Clinic, she had a large Stephen Curry poster on her wall, and while the Cleveland nurses were saddened by their team's recent playoff loss to the Warriors, Kaitlyn and the clinic staff stayed on good terms!

Although Kaitlyn faces many obstacles, such as not being able to walk independently or participate like she wants to, she emphasizes the extraordinary support given by friends and family. Kaitlyn recounts, "One of my good friends traveled from California to visit me at the Cleveland clinic and another friend made a bowl full of paper cranes to wish me well." Kaitlyn is inspirational to everyone she meets; she's extremely upbeat and positive.

Special thanks to Kaitlyn for sharing her story and Emily Hsu, EFNC Intern, for performing this interview.
What Causes Epilepsy? 
Listen Up!

Sixty million Americans will develop epilepsy during their lifetime, but who is really at risk? L isten to Dr. Robert Fisher, Stanford Medical Center Epileptologist, Researcher, and member of the EFNC Professional Advisory Board, as he speaks about the  causes of epilepsy and the population it affects.
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Coelho  Summer Camp  Full!
Wait-List Now Open
 
August 2-7, 2015
CYO Camp, Occidental, CA 

Ages:
9-17
Tuition: $600 (5 nights--Sunday to Friday)
Scholarships available.
Included:  Specialized Medical Support,  Room & Board, Fun Activities,  Tee-Shirt

Watch the Camp Experience!
Campers, we look forward to seeing you and making new memories together! 

Parents & Guardians:
Check-In time is 3:00 p.m. Please submit all paperwork as soon as possible to camp@epilepsynorcal.org/ fax to: 415.677.4190.