Kendal and Andrew O’Lenick
Kendal and her husband Andrew have two sons, Conner and his younger brother Asher, who have epilepsy. Their Vizsla dog Abby helps to monitor their seizure activity. A personal trainer, Kendal is helping to bring participation and fundraising for Team Danny Did to the Atlanta area. She herself began having seizures in late 2014. Says Kendal, “As a mom, not a day goes by that I don’t worry about SUDEP. I want other parents to have an outlet and know that we are not alone with our battle against epilepsy!” They have shared their story with more than 1,000 college students as part of the Northwestern University Dance Marathon (www.nudm.org).
In 2012, Rachael Reyna lost her daughter Ava, who died as a result of her epilepsy, and her husband Carlos, to cancer. In their loving memory, Rachael has hosted the “FOREver Loved” Golf Outing each August. The day begins with a cookout lunch, followed by 18 holes of golf, culminating with dinner and awards. Proceeds benefit the Danny Did Foundation and the Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network. Befitting her new role as a powerhouse advocate. In just two years, she raised more than $45,000 for Danny Did.