A little over two years ago, when I was 7, I was diagnosed with epilepsy. It was hard for my family to find the resources they needed to help me. South Dakota is one of only two states in the United States without a local Epilepsy Foundation affiliate.
Epilepsy affects one in 27 people in their lifetime, but it is also one of the most misunderstood disorders in the world today.
With the help of many great sponsors, I was able to bring epilepsy awareness to Aberdeen by throwing a tea party. Many local businesses donated money and merchandise to help fund the event and to each of them, I want to say thank you so much for your generous donations!
I would like to give a very special thanks to Dan Cleberg and the group at Red Rooster for hosting the event and also to Better Ride and the Storybook Land Theater for providing entertainment. Joe Moore and the Native American Tea Company also helped tremendously by providing the tea and helping brainstorm ideas.
Together, we were all able to raise awareness of the disorder locally by throwing a tea party which raised money for the Epilepsy Foundation of the United States. As you may know, the Epilepsy Foundation helps support those whose lives are affected by epilepsy with free support services, educational programs, and advocacy. With the generous support of people like you, adults and kids like me all over the country are able to get the services they need to live happy, healthy lives.
Thank you all again for your support in this project, for a fantastic day, and for helping me prove to myself and to others that no matter how old or young you are, if you want to make a difference, you can. When people come together for a great cause, great things happen.
Meredith Hope French, 9, and family