I am running my first marathon for The Danny Did Foundation, a charity close to both my family and my heart. My mother, Molly, went to high school with Mariann, Danny's mom and they have been close friends ever since. I graduated in May from the University of Michigan where I was on the cross country and track teams. As I come to an end to my D1 collegiate running career, I aspire to continue running and seek the feeling of competition, and I couldn't be more grateful to be able to do so in support of the Danny Did Foundation, alongside the rest of the Danny Did 2021 marathon team. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to race a marathon and I am honored to do so by representing such a great cause, family, and charity. Please consider donating to my donation page to help me reach my goal and my team's goal to give back to Danny Did. And most importantly, live your life, because Danny Did!
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.