Green Meadow 5th grader Madison Pospisil has been representing the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York in advocacy efforts over the past year as a 2023 Winning Kid. The cause is near and dear to Madison and her family as she was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of six.
As a 2023 Winning Kid, Madison attended the Confections in Chocolate Gala for Hope and the Walk to End Epilepsy. She has also been very active in the Epilepsy Foundation’s Kids Crew program where she has had the opportunity to meet other children with epilepsy. Some of the events Madison participated in were painting pumpkins purple, bowling, cookie decorating, summer games and an event with a juggler where she had the opportunity to learn some juggling skills.
Over the summer, Madison held a lemonade stand to raise awareness and money to support the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York. She also received a camp scholarship from the Epilepsy Foundation which allowed her to attend an acting camp.
Currently, Madison’s picture is appearing on billboards throughout the Capital Region to spread awareness of epilepsy.
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About the Winning Kid Program
Each year the Epilepsy Foundation selects one or two children to represent all children with epilepsy in northeastern New York. The “Winning Kids” symbolize the spirit and courage that all children with epilepsy display in dealing with their seizures.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes recurring, unprovoked seizures. Epilepsy affects 1.2 percent of the population, and approximately 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. There are over 45,000 people with epilepsy in the 22 counties of northeastern New York serviced by the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York.
East Greenbush CSD schools have hosted epilepsy training in recent years so staff and students know what to do if they encounter a person having a seizure.