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Causes: Health

Mission: Founded by Chicago parents Mike and Mariann Stanton in 2010 after the sudden death of their four-year-old son Danny, the Danny Did Foundation’s primary mission is to prevent deaths caused by seizures. The Foundation advances public awareness of epilepsy and Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), strives to improve communication about SUDEP between medical professionals and families affected by seizures, and advocates for the mainstream acceptance and use of seizure detection and prediction devices that may assist in preventing seizure-related deaths. Epilepsy affects nearly 3 million people in the United States and 65 million people worldwide. One in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy during their lifetime. But what few people understand, including many people with the disorder, is that seizures can be fatal. More people die as a result of seizures than from fires and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) combined. The causes of death can vary and include drowning, other accidents and status epilepticus (prolonged seizures). In addition, thousands of deaths occur annually from SUDEP, a fact that is little known and too rarely addressed in public and in medical circles. The name of the Danny Did Foundation originates from the last line of Danny Stanton’s obituary, written by his dad: “Please go and enjoy your life. Danny did.”

Results: The Danny Did Foundation has provided support to families in all 50 states and eight countries. In Danny Stanton's name, we continue to be a source of practical support for patients and parents who are coping with the challenges of epilepsy.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Danny Did Foundation is a professionally run organization. The Foundation is pro-active in seeking support and finding ways to help families and patients of epilepsy. Ending deaths caused by seizure requires movement and forward thinking -- all shown by this foundation. The Foundation made an immediate impact by donating movement monitors to families in need. Today, more than 40 monitors have been distributed to families around the world and our impact in the medical world continues to grow.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The DDF has opened my eyes to a huge issue affecting thousands of people that have seizures. Its website provides a number of powerful and compelling personal testimonials from parents that highlight the lack of information provided by doctors. I learned that doctors are not advising seizure patients that a seizure can result in death. DDF has been working tirelessly to raise awareness on this issue by reaching families affected by seizures and sharing, firsthand, the harsh reality of seizures. The Foundation has also identified a new technology, the Emfit monitor. This monitor sounds an alarm when a person experiences a seizure while sleeping. It is heart wrenching that this alarm isn't prescribed to every patient that has experienced a seizure while sleeping. You have to applaud the Foundation for purchasing almost 50 Emfit monitors over the last year for families that are affected by seizures. The DDF website is filled with notes thanking the Foundation for informing them about Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy and the Emfit monitor. The Foundation is doing what we hope will one day will be done by every doctor; inform seizure patients that death can result from seizures and prescribe a seizure monitor to help prevent these tradgedies.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was recently added as a new board member following my involvement with the organization over the past 18 months. The Danny Did Foundation is a newly formed oganization whose mission is to help spread the word about SUDEP and help prevent deaths caused by siezures. I became involved because my friend lost her 4 year old child to SUDEP. Although the loss of Danny certainly hit close to home, I also realized this could have happened to anyone. As a mother, my friend did everything Danny's doctors asked. The problem is that they knew more than they shared with her. Many of us know others who deal with seizures. I know a number of people including my nephew, a co-worker and another friends son. Since I have been involved with DDF, I have heard many personal stories about their experiencs with seizures. It is significantly more common that I ever realized. Do you know that more people die from SUDEP than from breast Cancer? We need awareness and understanding. We need doctors speaking openly and candidly about SUDEP. We need devices to monitor seizures. DANNY DID is helping to accomplish all of these things. I am proud to serve as a board member for this organization! The people behind the foundation are extremly motivated, dedicated and are people who will make things happen. I wish I could give people back the loved ones that were taken by SUDEP. Since that's not posible, I plan to spread the message of The Danny Did Foundation to the best of my abilites with the hope that we can help others.