Our team is walking to honor the memory of Emily Yish, who passed away at 19 years of age. Emily began to have seizures at the age of 11 after developing swelling of her brain due to an illness. Unfortunately, this was just the beginning of a life of seizures, medical testing, hospitalizations, and medication changes.
Emily was determined not to let her medical condition get her down. She participated in sports and other activities throughout middle school and high school, and went on to college to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy. She chose American International College (AIC), whose small campus suited her shy but strong personality. After a year and a half of college, plagued by continuing seizures, Emily made the difficult decision to take a medical leave and come back home for surgery. The surgery to remove the damaged portion of her brain was risky, but it also offered her the only hope of a seizure free life. She survived the surgery and was on her way to getting her life back. Sadly, Emily died in her sleep, apparently from SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy).
We are determined to carry on Emily's fight against epilepsy.