By Stacey Bomser
“Get Moving with Gabby” was the theme of the Silverstein family’s annual fundraiser to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. They started the tradition three years ago after their daughter, Gabby, was diagnosed with epilepsy.
Epilepsy is not a disease, but rather a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. One in three Americans is living with epilepsy. There is no cure, but Gabby and her family are hoping to change that. Each November, in honor of Epilepsy Awareness Month, they host a fundraiser. This year’s event raised over $1500. The fun-filled day featured Kidokinetics entertaining kids with organized sports, music by DJ Jason Bank of Jammin Express, a bounce house, face painting and much more. Gabby, a second grader at Gator Run Elementary School, says she felt special seeing so many people supporting her and this cause. “I think it’s important because the money raised will help find a cure for epilepsy, so maybe I won’t have it anymore and I won’t have to take medicine everyday.” The fundraiser is truly a family affair. Gabby’s brother, Wesley, collected raffle prizes. This was his mitzvah project for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah.
The event is not the only way Gabby is raising awareness about epilepsy. For the second year, she was a guest on Radio Disney. She also sells purple bracelets printed with the message: “Gabby Gives 4 Epilepsy.” The bracelets sell for $2 each. Gabby donates the money to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital where she was a patient. You can help Gabby in her efforts to find a cure for epilepsy by purchasing a bracelet or making a donation through her Gabby Gives 4 Epilepsy facebook page.