The Epilepsy Foundation is pleased to present the 2017 Sara Stubblefield Award for Advocacy to Jim Ross. Jim and his wife Victoria launched a successful campaign in Connecticut to allow trained, non-medical school personnel to administer anti-seizure medications when a nurse is not immediately available. Their four-year effort was inspired by their son, Emmett, who lives with frequent seizures, and by the 3,000 other Connecticut children who live with epilepsy. The Ross’ were supported throughout the process by the Epilepsy Foundation Connecticut.
The annual Advocacy Award honors the late Sara Stubblefield, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 36. Sara was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was in high school. She was known for accepting her condition with grace and for never letting it define her. A dedicated advocate for epilepsy education and research, she served for 10 years as epilepsy services coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois.
Shown here: Sara’s parents, Richard and Carolyn Stubblefield, with Jim Ross at the Epilepsy Foundation's annual Public Policy Institute and Teens Speak Up! Conference to join in presenting the award.
Photos by Jack Hartzman photography.