Teen aims to raise awareness about epilepsy

Trumbull teen, Amanda Ferraro, who attends school at the Feroleto Children’s Development Center in town, has been holding a read-a-thon fundraiser throughout the month of November to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation.

Amanda has been reading to fellow students and has asked staff to support her efforts with a donation toward each book she reads.

“I chose to do the read-a-thon because I love all kids and it makes me happy to read to them and have them participate too,” she said.

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures which affects people of all ages. Worldwide, more than 65 million people live with epilepsy; two million Americans have the condition, and 1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.

While seizures can be a frightening experience both for the epileptic and for those around them, Amanda hopes to raise awareness of the condition.

In addition to the read-a-thon, Amanda is also making purple ribbons and handing them out to teachers, education assistants, family and friends.

“I’ve given a ribbon to my mom who wears it on her coat but I like to wear mine over my heart just like when saying the pledge of allegiance because it is important to me,” she said.

Her goal is to raise between $200 to $300 during the read-a-thon, which she will donate to the Epilepsy Foundation.

“My biggest hope is that everyone learns more about epilepsy and how to help one another,” she said

For more information about epilepsy, please visit www.epilepsyfoundation.org.

St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services is a provider of lifelong education and therapeutic services. A special education school, the Feroleto Children’s Development Center, is an alternative placement option for children, ages 3-21, with developmental disabilities, special health care needs and students with autism spectrum disorders.