Jennifer Sime
Jennifer Sime's Fundraiser

I am running the 2021 Chicago Marathon in memory of my son Brendan and in support of the Danny Did Foundation. Your gift will help protect kids with Epilepsy.

Please consider supporting my 26.2 miles for those suffering with seizures.

$4,510 towards $4,800

November 28, 2017 is the day that our lives changed forever. It is the day our son Brendan passed away from SUDEP. He was 19yrs old and had been living with epilepsy for 9 years. Brendan's seizures were for the most part controlled, having only 5 seizures we knew of since his 11th birthday. It was only after Brendan's death that we learned about SUDEP, and that Brendan was at greater risk of this. Our hope, amidst our tragedy, is to help bring awareness to SUDEP and protect others like Brendan, from dying. The Danny Did Foundation provides that hope and we ask that you join us in supporting their mission to prevent deaths caused by seizures. Your gift, in any amount is greatly appreciated!

About Danny Did Foundation

Founded by Chicago parents Mike and Mariann Stanton in 2010 after the sudden death of their four-year-old son Danny, the Danny Did Foundation’s primary mission is to prevent deaths caused by seizures. The Foundation advances public awareness of epilepsy and Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), strives to improve communication about SUDEP between medical professionals and families affected by seizures, and advocates for the mainstream acceptance and use of seizure detection and prediction devices that may assist in preventing seizure-related deaths.

Epilepsy affects 3.4 million people in the United States and 65 million people worldwide. One in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy during their lifetime. But what few people understand, including many people with epilepsy, is that seizures can be fatal. More people die as a result of seizures than from fires and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) combined. In addition to deaths caused by drowning, other accidents, and status epilepticus (prolonged seizures),thousands of deaths occur annually from SUDEP, a fact that is little known and too rarely addressed by medical professionals and in public discussions of epilepsy.

The Danny Did Foundation takes it's name from the last line of Danny Stanton’s obituary, written by his dad: “Please go and enjoy your life. Danny did.” We celebrate Danny’s spirit in every child and family we reach.