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  • Leland
  • Ryan
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  • Sammy’s parents believe he began having absence seizures in his early childhood, but it couldn’t be ruled out as an Autism zone-out. It wasn’t until he was eight years old that Sammy had his first tonic-clonic seizure. It would be a month before another seizure would strike, however, they came hard and fast after that. By mid-June 2014, Sammy had been transported by EMS four times and hospitalized twice. He was taking multiple anti-seizure medications, having found to be allergic to two of them. Not only was Sammy’s mom, Andrea, tending to his needs, she was also actively treating for rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare connective tissue cancer. But the family worked together with friends, family and community members to raise funds, all while dealing with hospitalizations for two of four family members. Andrea and her husband, Eric, had decided to work with Palm City-based Canines 4 Hope. Andrea then reached out to the Chelsea Hutchinson Foundation. It was Julie that helped Andrea connect with the Chapnicks. Raising funds for a service dog is a challenge that many parents feel overwhelmed by. When Bruce shared with Andrea JoshProvides was willing to help, this brought a great relief to everyone. Sybil is an American yellow Labrador who was born December 25, 2013 in St. James, MO. She came to Florida in October 2014 and began her training. Andrea sent t-shirts worn by Sammy, as well as washcloths she had wiped Sammy down with after a seizure. This was to aide trainers train Sybil in knowing Sammy ahead of time. Sybil came home on March 6, 2015 bringing a calm over the entire family.  Sammy and Sybil have trained together in public, at home, and will begin training at school soon. They are a perfect pair and love each other already. Andrea and Sammy
    Sammy Seratti and Sybil Picture
  • You have truly Blessed our family in a way that no one could possibly understand. Kyler was born with Preventricular Nodular heterotpia and as a result developed Epilepsy and Autism. Every 5 days Kyler goes status epilepticus, and every day he has numerous absence and drop attack seizures. We have faced injury many times from seizures because we couldnt break his fall or help him quick enough. With the help of Josh Provides we are able to get Kyler a Service Dog who he calls his "Superhero Doggie" and we are all so excited to bring him home. Kyler has faced seizures during school and on the school bus with his Superhero Doggie he will have someone right there by his side to give off warning and help quicker than his teachers and bus driver can, and he will have the comforting friend by his side through it all. We can never thank you enough for all you have done for us, or for all the support you have given us. We are looking forward to writing you again once we get Copper the Superhero Doggie home.
  • Dear Bruce and the rest of the staff from JoshProvides. I am a seventeen year old boy from Florida living with epilepsy for the last six years. We thank you for the generous grant that you have provided to me and my family in our travels to The Cleveland Clinic at the end of the summer of 2014. The financial support afforded along with your connections with The Cleveland Clinic gave me the opportunity to have an evaluation from a 7 TESLA MRI scanner, one of the most powerful machines available. The information we received through your grant has been invaluable to my family and me.
6Shortly after Josh passed away, Sandi, Nicole and Bruce Chapnick (the “Chapnick Family”) established the Joshua David Chapnick Memorial Fund (“JDCMF”) with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County (“CFSC”) in honor and memory of Josh who died from a fatal seizure. CFSC is a tax-exempt organization under IRC Section 501(c)(3) and a public charity under IRC Section 509(a)(1) or (2)…read more

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The charitable purpose of JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation (“JoshProvides Foundation” or “Foundation”) is to educate, increase awareness, and provide financial assistance for people living with epilepsy and seizure disorders and their families…read more

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JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation (“Foundation” or “JoshProvides”) organized its first EPILEPSY SUPPORT GROUP for the greater Sarasota/Manatee County, Florida area for the benefit of those living with epilepsy and their families on January 15, 2013. Monthly meetings are held on the first Monday of each month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, at 2033 Main Street, Suite 301, Center Pointe Building, Sarasota, FL 34237.

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