AvE Ambassador, Youth Ambassador
Like so many other kids, Devin’s Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (JME) came out of nowhere. His first seizure happened when he was 13 at the end of 8th grade. He says that after learning of his diagnosis one of his first thoughts was concern about how Epilepsy would affect the sports he played and how he would manage his new condition for the rest of his life, but he quickly decided to focus on the positive. “I saw that I had two options about how I could deal with my diagnosis: I could simply give in to all the negatives of my new circumstances or I could use my struggles to positively impact my life and somehow make a difference on the world. I chose the latter.”
While maintaining a 4.5 GPA, Devin is a Three Sport Athlete at his high school and has Varsity Letters in Cross Country, Swimming and Tennis. He also works as a lifeguard and swim instructor in addition to holding several leadership positions at his high school.
Devin is extremely proud to serve as an Athletes vs Epilepsy Youth Ambassador and he says, “I will work my hardest to ensure that my community is knowledgeable about what Epilepsy is and what it is not, and I will, most importantly, work with kids affected by the disease to provide a positive example of how Epilepsy does not define us.”