Our mission is to educate the public about epilepsy, first aid and how to save someones life. Second part is to send kids to camp so they can enjoy being a kid. Lastly to encourage teens to volunteer and to make volunteering 5 hours required for graduation.
At 11 Jessica was diagnosed with epilepsy. She was having multiple seizures a day and having difficulty remembering cheer routines and school work. Her grades declined fast and she became frustrated. After a few tests and doctor appointments she was diagnosed with epilepsy. Epilepsy is neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. It affects 1 in 10 people and is life threatening. In Jessica’s case she is pretty controlled with medications that she has to take everyday. After her diagnosis Jessica was depressed and angry. She attended camp a few months after being diagnosed and it was a reminder that she had epilepsy and it didnt have her. This became her mantra and she began trying to help others understand epilepsy and how to help someone having a seizure. Jessica started Cupcakes for Camp on the car ride home from camp and that first summer was able to send a child on a partial scholarship. Each year it gets bigger and more kids are helped. This year 6 children were able to go to camp on full scholarships. These kids are amazing, they are resilient and come from all over Ohio and surrounding states to attend. Jessica speaks to Universities, Schools and organizations all over the east coast about epilepsy and how important it is to help.
Q. Who do you serve?
Everyone, epilepsy doesn’t care if you are a baby, a kid, a cheerleader, science fair winner, a movie star, if you fought for our country or are a loving grandparent. It sees no boundary, neither do we.
Q. What is your proudest accomplishment?
There are so many, seeing a kid reach the top of a rock wall, or get a hug thanking me for being at camp, being awarded commendations from my state, having girls tell me they want to be just like me… there are so many but at the end of the day, the fact that I have helped people learn how to save a life is my proudest moment..
Q. What is Cupcakes For Camp’s greatest need?
To get in front of schools, businesses and get the word out! We need people to see that you cant cut your brain off for a cure, there are no transplants. We have to educate, make it fun and help people break the stigma. We always need events, and to be included in health fairs.
Q. What is your organization’s plan for the future?
I only have a year and a half of high school left, I hope to continue to help kids, volunteer and be part of the epilepsy movement. I would like to see Cupcakes for Camp spread all over, kids selling cupcakes to help other kids! After high school, I am looking forward to college and learning more about this world and I hope that includes travel!