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A Brave Young Lady

A Father and His Family Continue the 'Good Fight'

Lilly Hoyt

Lilly Hoyt

By Geoff Hoyt

As the senior director of individual giving for the Epilepsy Foundation—and the proud father of a young lady bravely enduring the unpredictable and often scary journey of epilepsy—I'm reminded daily of the heroic acts of quiet courage, generosity, and resilience that define our community. I'm also motivated by our collective resolve to be agents of change to help end this neurological mystery.

Lilly is now 17, yet cognitively 5. A lifetime of seizures and strong medicines to control them have taken their somber toll. But as you can see from this picture, this kid is a fighter and muscles through each day with such matter-of-fact joy and grit that it is nearly impossible not to be inspired by her.

When I first thought of naming this newsletter, I immediately thought of the solemn promise I made to Lilly upon joining the Epilepsy Foundation: Until her seizures stopped, I wouldn't. I also swiftly connected the dots from my promise to Lilly to a promise I make to you. Along with all of my amazing colleagues and our leadership at the Foundation, we will not stop until we achieve our goal of a world without seizures. You know someone, love someone, care for someone who has epilepsy—and we will continue to be your unwavering ally in this good fight until we WIN it.

I earnestly ask you now to join us in our solemn promise by including the Foundation in your estate plan. Help us advance cutting-edge research, new therapies, and devices. Help us provide vital services to those who need it so urgently and deserve it so richly. Please contact Geoffrey B. Hoyt directly to discuss the "Power of Your Promise" at 860-331-1102 or ghoyt@efa.org. Thank you so much.