On June 7 in Southbury, Conn., the 2014 Sarah and Southbury Strikeout Seizures (S4) Epilepsy Walk will be held at Ballantine Park. The event includes a walk, dinner and silent auction to raise awareness and continue to fund epilepsy research. S4 aims to raise awareness of epilepsy, a disease as common as breast cancer that doesn't seem to have the same level of awareness nationwide. There are 500 new cases of epilepsy diagnosed in the U.S. everyday – one in 26 are diagnosed with this disease. Despite this alarming rate, research funding for epilepsy is nearly 50% less than average funding for other chronic diseases.
Sarah Fradkin was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 6 in August of 2006. Closing in on eight years since that diagnosis, Sarah is very active – she likes to swim, play soccer and is in the girl scouts. However, Sarah continues to have seizures (which can last for up to three hours). After a three-year period during which time she was seizure-free, Sarah began having seizures again in February of 2010. After 18 anti-convulsant medications along with a modified ketogenic diet failed to eliminate the seizures, Sarah underwent surgery in 2011 in an attempt to locate the origin of the seizures in her brain. However, doctors were unable to find the area of the brain where the seizures have been originating.
As Sarah continues her daily battle, she's not alone. Her parents, David and Monica Fradkin, along with some of David's MLB connections including Paul Molitor, Buddy Bell, Sandy Alomar, Jr., Charles Nagy, Jim Thome and Tim Wakefield, have joined up to raise awareness through the S4: Sarah and Southbury Strikeout Seizures Epilepsy Walk. As mentioned above, epilepsy research is severely under-funded. Through the walk, dinner and silent auction, S4 looks to make that a thing of the past. In addition to the silent auction, there are "Buy-It-Now" experiences available that are sure to appeal to baseball fans across the country.
The 2014 "Buy-It-Now" experiences being offered include:
- For 12 people, the opportunity to take in a New York Yankees home game from Brian Cashman's personal luxury box.
- For four people, a private tour of AT&T Park, on field credentials during batting practice, a meet and greet plus a picture with Bruce Bochy, the coaching staff and your favorite Giants player. Help Bruce Bochy fill out the lineup card and watch the game from his personal seats, plus receive a Matt Cain autographed bat and ball.
- Two nights accommodations at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Two rounds of golf at the exclusive Southern Highlands Golf Club – the first with Wally Joyner and Greg Maddux, the second with Wally Joyner and a person to be named later.
- Plus 20 more great experiences throughout the country from which to choose!
With opportunities for spectacular experiences while aiding a great cause, there's no reason not to get involved. June 7 is sure to be a special day in Southbury, Conn., with registration starting at 1:04 p.m., the walk at 2:44 p.m., dinner at 4:24 p.m. and the silent auction closing at 7:04 p.m.
S4 is committed to a seizure-free life for Sarah. Please visit the S4 website for additional information about contributing to the fight against epilepsy, including participation in the "Buy-It-Now" experiences!
Tags: Baseball, Bruce Bochy, Buddy Bell, Charles Nagy, epilepsy, MLB, New York Yankees, S4, Sarah Fradkin, Southbury, Wally Joyner
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