Wendy is an endurance athlete and has been living with epilepsy most of her adult life. She is an Assistant Professor of nursing at the Indiana University School of Nursing, where she has a program of research focused on improving quality of life and access to care for people with epilepsy, as well as reducing stigma and preventing SUDEP. She is married to Tim, and has two children, Rowan (age 5) and Amelia (age 13). Her whole family is involved in increasing epilepsy and SUDEP awareness.
Las Vegas, Nevada
In 2011, Sasha was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 17, one year after suffering a head injury. From that point on, she made it her mission to spread awareness of epilepsy in everything she does. Self professed as having no fear, she races BMX bikes and is a member of the Athletes vs. Epilepsy program of the Epilepsy Foundation of America. In January of 2016, Sasha race in the BMX Nationals event for Team Danny Did to represent herself, Danny Stanton and all those with epilepsy.
Sylvia Palm is a trained Systems Engineering aerospace professional and was enjoying a successful career when her life changed dramatically. Violent seizures placed her into a coma in 2013, instigating a battle with epilepsy that was completely foreign to her. She has worked at leading aerospace companies including General Electric Aerospace, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems, and has taught part-time at the University of Maryland, University College and Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business. In semi-retirement she continues her academic relationship at Salisbury University, where she engages her students to learn more about epilepsy and seizures.