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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Caleb has Epilepsy. Please consider helping my friend.

He is our hero.”

This weekend I’d like to share a story of great importance with you. My friend and former editor, Ami needs your help. Why? Her son, Caleb, has epilepsy. The picture above was taken six weeks after his first surgery.

The Facts...

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures. These seizures are transient signs and/or symptoms of abnormal, excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain. About 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy. As a consequence of brain surgery epileptic seizures may occur in recovering patients. Epilepsy should not be understood as a single disorder, but rather as syndromic with vastly divergent symptoms but all involving episodic abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

Only 1% of children develop epilepsy.

From Ami’s lips to my blog. Caleb’s Story…

Caleb has epilepsy. His seizures began when he was nearly two years old. Last summer, he underwent brain surgery in an attempt to attain seizure freedom. That failed him and left him with some deficiency in the motor function of his right hand. His doctors would like to try one more medication before performing a second surgery which would likely cause him to lose function in his right arm and leg. Caleb is involved in Church, and Homeschool activities and is a Boy Scout in troop 111. He enjoys playing with his brothers, friends and dog, Kota. He is an awesome 11 year old boy who likes to laugh and has a great love for God, his family and his country. Caleb has always shown courage in everything he’s gone through in dealing with epilepsy. He is our hero.”

Sky here…

As a mom talking to other moms, fathers, uncles, aunts, grandparents…I want you to imagine what it would be like if your child or a child close to your heart had a seizure. Can you even imagine? I tear up thinking about it. Now imagine it’s not just one seizure but many seizures related to a disorder such as Epilepsy.

The Facts…

What happens inside your child's brain during a seizure? Here is a simplified explanation: Your brain is made up of millions of nerve cells called neurons, and these cells communicate with one another through tiny electrical impulses. A seizure occurs when a large number of the cells send out an electrical charge at the same time. This abnormal and intense wave of electricity overwhelms the brain and results in a seizure, which can cause muscle spasms, a loss of consciousness, strange behavior, or other symptoms.

Isn't he beautiful? The world should be his oyster. Please consider helping out a mom and her son with a tax-deductible donation. You can make a difference!

If you’d like to make a donation send it to:

Caleb Warren Benefit Donation Fund
Wells Fargo Bank
4101 13th Ave. SW
Fargo, ND 58103

Online donations may be made to:

www.dakmed.org/lendahand click on Learn More/Make a Donation, Individual/Family Funds, and select Caleb Warren Benefit Fund. *DMF Lend A Hand in partnership with Cullen Children’s Foundation is providing up to $5,000 of matching funds.

I donated via internet. It was fast and easy!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.



Carol L. said...

Oh Sky,
I can't imagine seeing a child go through this nightmare. My grandson had seizures on and off for a year after his birth. He was born early. But Thank God, he's been seizure free for 6 years. I can make a donation but I have to do it through the mail. No parent should have to endure this. He's a beautiful boy who shouldn't have to deal with this.
Thanks for sharing Sky.
Carol L.

Sky Purington said...

Carol, thanks for stopping in. I'm SO glad your grandson is doing better. It's an incredibly scary thing to go through.

I'll keep him in my prayers.

God Bless