Clare OKeefe via Crowdrise
February 09, 2013
BENEFITING: Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles
EVENT: ASICS LA Marathon 2013
EVENT DATE: Mar 17, 2013
I was diagnosed in 1996 with temporal lobe epilepsy. I endured 15 to 20 seizures per day but continued to work, though I had to hide in the bathroom often because I was lucky enough to have an aura to warn of an oncoming seizure. In 1999 I underwent surgery to remove scar tissue on the brain. In 2005 I had a vagus nerve stimulator implanted. Due to the brain surgery my left side became neurologically impaired and I sat in a wheelchair for four years and lived in a nursing home. My knee suffered degenerative bone loss and my left foot became deformed due to the same surgery. I weighed 217 pounds because of seizure medications and a gastro intestinal feeding tube. I was not allowed to stand or walk on my own. I could not hold a spoon, feed myself or go to the bathroom, dress myself or contribute to society in any meaningful way.
Today, I am so thrilled to be able to walk unassisted in this marathon with my new left foot, magically reconstructed by Doctor Kenneth Park, as well as my amazing knee replacement by the wonderful Doctor Todd Schrader, both at Torrance Orthopedic.
This marathon is more than a milestone in my life and I hope you will support me with whatever small donation you can afford.
Epilepsy is the world’s most common, serious brain disorder (World Health Organization). I can and I will make a difference in the fight to STOP EPILEPSY, but it won't be possible without your help. I will be walking the Los Angeles Marathon on March 17, 2013 as a member of the STOP EPILEPSY Team. I invite you to make a donation in support of my efforts!
Every gift counts. It takes only a few quick seconds to make an online contribution by visiting http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEndEpilepsyLA2013/fundraiser/clareokeefe.
Seizures can strike suddenly and unexpectedly at any point in one’s life. Seizures steal moments and memories, can change lives, impact development, affect learning and can even result in early death.
360,000 Californians have epilepsy.
24,000 more will be diagnosed in 2013.
One could be you or someone you love.
For over fifty years, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles has provided support to the nearly 160,000 individuals with epilepsy and their families in our local area. They choose to fulfill their mission by leading the fight to STOP EPILEPSY and the burden of seizures by focusing on Care, Advocacy, Research and Education.
Your donation provides care, advocacy and education today while investing in research and hope for tomorrow. Thank you for your support! http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEndEpilepsyLA2013/fundraiser/clareokeefe.