|Published:||May 23, 2013 6:51 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 23, 2013 11:06 PM EDT|
NORTH NAPLES, Fla - A Naples man is being honored as Goodwill's breakthrough graduate, but not because he has a disability, but because of all he's been able to accomplish with it.
For 28-year-old Danny Rosenfeld, the award means the world. "It shows that I'm actually making a difference in the community, not just for myself, but for other people," says Rosenfeld.
When Danny was 11 he was diagnosed with Epilepsy. The seizures though were few and far between. He lived a normal life and graduated from Lynn University. "About six months after I graduated I had a car accident that was caused by a seizure," says Rosenfeld.
Danny was forced to move home to Naples, but he quickly found the community did not have a strong support system for people with Epilepsy. He started an annual Walk-a-thon called Walk the Talk for epileps and seizure disorders. In three years he has reaised more than $100,000.
He has also started a monthly educational support group. Every 2nd Wednesday of the month they meet. "These people need help. They're looking for someone to talk to," says Rosenfeld.
Because of his seizures, Danny can't be left alone. He spends his days at his parents dental office, but on Saturdays you can find him at the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples. He works as a play specialist on the floor and has trained staff on what to look for if a child is having a seizure.
Jennifer Sabo is Director of Play and Learning at C'mon. She says, "it helped us not only work with him but also with any child or adult that would be here, just being aware of what symptoms might be."
It's not the life Danny imagined he'd be living, but he has truly taken the hand he was dealt and found his purpose as a mentor and teacher. "I just hope that awareness I made and that one day they realize we need to find a cure for Epilepsy.
The 4th annual Southwest Florida Epilepsy Walk is set for Saturday November 2, 2013 at North Collier Regional Park. To register, go to http://epilepsy.kintera.org/SWFL
For more information on the monthly support group contact Danny at DBRosenfeld08@gmail.com