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December 5, 2013

Port Kent 4-year-old suffers from epilepsy

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“I wish he was where his peers are,” Angie said. 

He has made leaps and bounds since this summer, though, she said.

“He couldn’t run or jump with both feet off the ground, but now he can.”

Despite the medications, the diet and the many doctor appointments, Brodie is a happy and growing boy.

“He’s fun-loving,” his mother said. “He loves everybody.”

QUALITY OF LIFE

Meanwhile, Angie’s main goal now is to try to prevent further seizures and to focus on Brodie’s quality of life. She worries every day, though, about the possibility of sudden unexpected death, which can occur with epilepsy. 

“It’s still a battle,” she said.

Angie knows only one family in the area with a child with epilepsy, and she would like to connect with others.

“Maybe I could bring some more awareness to our community and maybe get a parent group together,” she said.

With enough families involved, the Epilepsy Foundation would likely bring some education and other services to the area, she said. 

Helpful to the Sussdorffs have been foundation forums online, along with the community, including their pharmacy and Brodie’s day care.

“Our day care (Kids’ Cove) in Keeseville has gone above and beyond anything I could imagine,” Angie said.

HELP FOR BRODIE

A fundraiser to assist the Sussdorff family with medical and other costs is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Murphy’s Bar, 225 Route 22B in Peru. It will include a michigan and chips for $5, 50-50 raffle, live music, a bake sale and Chinese auction. To donate items for the auction, call or text Lindsay Francis at 536-2612.

Reach her by email at daizymay81@hotmail.com or on Facebook. 

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HELP FOR BRODIE

A fundraiser to assist the Sussdorff family with medical and other costs is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Murphy's Bar, 225 Route 22B in Peru. It will include a michigan and chips for $5, 50-50 raffle, live music, a bake sale and Chinese auction.

To donate items for the auction, call or text Lindsay Francis at 536-2612.

 

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