A New Role in a New Year: Team Danny Did

Written by: Carrie McAteer-Fournier

Between balancing work, family and other activities, time to read "parenting how-to" books is sometimes limited.  But the advice, ideas, and suggestions I've received from NPN discussion forums on everything from potty-training, bedtime issues and doctor recommendations are invaluable and easy to access!

I recently decided to  encourage people to run 26.2 miles. As a working mom of a 3-year old daughter and still trying to get settled into a new home, you might ask, why would I do that? It's a good question, but I have a good answer. I have had epilepsy for over 25 years and while I'm overwhelmingly grateful my seizures are controlled by medicine, this silent disease can wreak havoc on the brain. Epilepsy impacts nearly 3 million people in the U.S., and seizures result in up to 50,000 deaths every year. But for too long, epilepsy is a cause that has flown far under the radar in terms of awareness and funding. There are lots of reasons why, but I'm focused on looking ahead and being a part of the change that brings epilepsy awareness into the mainstream.  And so I've decided to recruit runners to be a part of Team Danny Did, which benefits the Danny Did Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit that was co-founded by parents Mike and Mariann Stanton after their son Danny died from a seizure.
 
Team Danny Did is proud to be an official charity affiliate of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for the third consecutive year. Registration for the marathon opens on Tuesday, February 19th at Noon, and is expected to sell out fast. 

As a 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon partner, Team Danny Did engages people who are impacted by epilepsy, their families and friends, and parents from all backgrounds who want to do good while staying fit. Team Danny members are dedicated to raising a minimum of $1,000 to enable the Danny Did Foundation to continue its mission to prevent deaths caused by seizures. Every parent can relate to the thought of doing anything to protect their child. I invite all of you to join Team Danny to help secure a better future for children facing epilepsy. If you are interested to learn more, the next steps are below. I'll leave you with the origin of the Danny Did Foundation's name, taken from the last line of Danny's obituary, written by his dad: "Please go and and enjoy your life. Danny did."

Next Steps:
1. We encourage you to visit www.events.org/marathon to sign on to reserve your Team Danny spot, even before 2013 race registration opens! 
2. If you have questions, please visit www.dannydid.org or email mduffy@dannydid.org
3. Save the date to register for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on February 19th at www.chicagomarathon.com
 
Thanks for your consideration!
 
When I started looking for home daycare a few months shy of my due date, I turned to NPN as my first resource and within minutes of posting my request for home daycare recommendations in our neighborhood, someone responded with the daycare my daughter just “graduated” from after 3 and a half years.  Diana’s enormous love and concern for our daughter never failed to amaze me and we truly found a treasure that resulted from a connection made through NPN.  Thanks to Diana, our daughter learned so much more than we could possibly have taught her on our own and we love her like she’s part of our family.  As a result of my great success using the NPN resources, anytime I’m asked for daycare recommendations throughout the city, Diana and NPN are the first suggestions I make!
Posted on January 22, 2013 at 5:48 PM