When Landyn Jones and his family was at the Watonwan County Fair this year the 9 year old suffered his first seizure.
After going to Mayo Clinic in St. James he was transferred in Rochester for more tests since it was the first one he had in his life.
After tests were ran the Jones family was advised that everyone is allowed one seizure in their lifetime and that the best option would be to wait and see if more develop.
And they did.
After numerous seizures this August the Northside 3rd Grader was diagnosed with Epilepsy.
After being in the hospital 4 different times during the month of August Landy now has been out of the hospital for three weeks and is full of energy like nothing happened.
One of the biggest concerns that his mother Megan had was what would happen if he had a seizure and staff members in the presence of it happening didn’t know what to do.
Fortunately after calling the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota they were able to set up a training for the first week of school for all Northside Staff.
After the school staff is educated about seizures the school then is declared a Seizure Smart School.
According to the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota, “ Seizure Smart Schools (SSS) brings students, teachers, school nurses, staff and families together to foster understanding of epilepsy in schools and teach seizure first aid.”
Landyn and his family feel fortunate for the fact that staff there is now educated about seizures not just for Landyn’s sake but for the other students in the school who suffer from seizure disorders or Epilepsy.
As a way to give back to the organization that helped educate Northside the Jones family decided to create a team for the 2018 Rise Above Seizures Walk in St. Louis Park on September 22.
All proceeds from the event go right to the foundation which directly helps different communities.
To donate to Team Landy go to http://support.epilepsyfoundationmn.org/site/TR/2018RiseAboveSeizuresWalk/General?px=1135108&pg=personal&fr_id=1275
About the Rise Above Seizures Walk
The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN)'s annual Rise Above Seizures Walk is the single largest fundraising and awareness event in Minnesota and North Dakota to benefit people with seizures. The walk began in 1999 in Rochester, MN and since then has expanded to four additional cities; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Duluth, St. Cloud, and Fargo/Moorhead.
The Rise Above Seizures Walk celebrates people with seizures and raises awareness and funds to support services for the many people EFMN serves annually. Over 3,500 walkers in five communities come together as a powerful force to help people with epilepsy realize their full potential and stop seizures. Funds raised from the walk are used to educate, connect and empower people living with seizures and honor their loved ones. 100% of the funds raised in each of our regions are reinvested directly back into the community!
It’s more common than you think - one in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime and one in 26 will develop epilepsy. Everyday people rise above seizures and we applaud them! Join us in celebrating our connections to epilepsy, while raising vital funds to support resources and services.