I was there when my niece Lee Martin had her first tonic-clonic seizure. We were at the Radio City Music Hall for her sister Riley's college graduation ceremony when it happened. That was one of the scariest moments of my life. I felt so helpless because I couldn't do anything to stop it. Riding in an ambulance in New York City was quite a stressful experience, but the doctors, nurses, and staff at Mount Sinai were incredible. They took excellent care of her and discovered she had been having small seizures for a while but just didn't realize it. Unfortunately, she will have to take medication for the rest of her life, and the current medications all have side effects. She inspires me with her determination not to let epilepsy hinder her from accomplishing what she wants to do. She is currently applying for medical school, and I have no doubt she will be an amazing doctor because of what she has been through as a patient.
I am excited to be running in the 50th New York City Marathon to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation in honor of my niece and the 65 million other individuals living with epilepsy. This will be my fourth marathon, but my first one in ten years. I realize the training will be extremely tough, but knowing that I am doing this for such a worthwhile cause will get me through it.
I am raising funds to make a difference in the lives of people living with epilepsy. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.
Please support this cause by making a safe and secure donation to my fundraising webpage. Giving to the Epilepsy Foundation means you make the world a better, easier, more manageable place for the 3 million people in the U.S. who are living with epilepsy and seizures.