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I was nominated to join the Warrior Troop and now I am on the Waiting List for my NillyNoggin EEG Cap!

I am SO excited to receive my NillyNoggin cap!

I’m even more excited to be part of the Warrior Troop at Hannahtopia.

The Troop is made up of amazing warriors like me – kids and adults who face medical challenges every day. Hannahtopia helps us by bringing fun, color and comfort to our lives. Creating positive happy moments. Happiness is SO important – it helps with the healing process!

My medical condition requires me to get EEG tests that are very medically sterile looking and often scary.

Sometimes an EEG is worn for days, in public, and people often stare. The NillyNoggin covers up this scary medical look. It puts a positive, happy twist on the EEG procedure that some of us have to get a lot. The NillyNoggin cap is comfortable and colorful! Lots of people will come up to talk with me ’cause it’s so cool! It will also give me confidence and comfort!

I am so excited to receive my NillyNoggin!

Can you help me? I’m on the Waiting List for my NillyNoggin.

There are A LOT of other amazing warriors waiting as well. If we can raise $40 then my NillyNoggin cap will be sponsored and I won’t have to wait!

Plus if we work together we can achieve even more! If we raise over $40, we can help sponsor NillyNoggin caps for other warriors on the Waiting List!

I would really like to help my warriors in the troop. I know what it means to fight every day and it’s easier with a troop of warriors fighting alongside me.

Lena is the only girl in a houseful of boys. When she was born, she was immediately dressed in sparkles and bows. Unfortunately within the first 24 hours of her life, her bows were traded for EEG leads. She began having seizures within hours of her arrival. During the first year of Lena’s life she battled with many different types of seizures, all very difficult to control and some very damaging to her little brain. After a year of constant EEG’s, concoctions of different meds, terrible side effects, and long hospital stays her seizures were finally controlled. Although Lena’s EEG’s always showed a tendency toward seizure activity, the actual seizures had ceased. Also within that first year, Lena was diagnosed with STXBP1 Disorder, a genetic disorder where the brain does not produce an important protein that helps to form synapses in her brain. There is no treatment. There is no cure. However by he time Lena was 3, she was able to be weaned off all of her meds and she remained seizure free. That doesn’t mean her battles were over. Lena is delayed in all areas of development. She can sit and crawl and we work hard toward walking but we aren’t there YET. She doesn’t have words YET but she sure finds a way to tell her story. She also works hard with OT, Vision, Developmental, and feeding therapists daily! She works hard every day to do the things most of us can do without even thinking about it! Unfortunately recently seizure activity has returned to Lena’s life. And EEG’s are still a dreaded, but necessary, activity. Through all of Lena’s battles, she remains the happiest, most loving little girl around. She is a light to all who have the privilege to know her and love her. She is #LenaStrong and she’s her mom’s hero.

Lena S.

by Heather Shuker

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Name Donate Amount Date
Emily Sybesma $40 February 13, 2021
Dawn Frejkowski $25 February 13, 2021
Cassie Snedecor $20 February 12, 2021
Kristin Gigliotti $40 February 12, 2021
Michele Craig $120 February 12, 2021
Marifrances Kiebler $50 February 12, 2021