Hannah Grace Babin, an 8th grader at St. Aloysius Catholic School in Baton Rouge, tells her epilepsy story gladly. All her friends know she has epilepsy, but she has never let it define her. And, Hannah Grace has certainly never let epilepsy keep her from amazing accomplishments and an outstanding resume of academic, volunteer and athletic activities.
An honor roll student, Hannah Grace has also recently received the Principal’s Award for her class for demonstrating academic success and Christian values.
Her volunteer activities include: teacher helper, book fair volunteer, past class representative, St. Aloysius Youth Group member, member St. Aloysius Students of Service, volunteer for the EFL Take a Seat for Seizures Gala, and she always participates in our Seize the Day Walk/Run by creating a team.
One of Hannah Graces’ favorite activities is volunteering each spring and fall for The Miracle League as a baseball buddy. Buddies commit to the whole season and make it possible for children with mental and physical disabilities to achieve the same dream as their healthy peers – to play baseball as part of a team in an organized league!
In her free time, Hannah Grace plays competitive league soccer, participates in track and field for the St. Aloysius team running hurdles, relays, high jump and long jump. She also rides English Equestrian.
This month – March 21-26 – Hannah Grace, accompanied by her parents, will be the EFL ambassador to the Teens Speak Up! program in Washington, D.C. Louisiana is excited to send such a gifted and poised young lady to represent us to petition congressional leaders for aid in assuring better access to care, improved public education and more research toward a cure for epilepsy. As a means of introduction to the Teens Speak Up Class of 2014 Hannah Grace produced a video about herself and how epilepsy does not define her.
Originally diagnosed with juvenile epilepsy at 5 years old, Hannah Grace experienced petite mal seizures. She was treated with medication and her seizures were controlled. Weaned off of medication at approximately 8 years old, Hannah Grace remained seizure free for a number of years. In October 2012, at 12 years old, she again began having seizures of a different type and was diagnosed with complex partial seizures. Her seizures are currently controlled by medication.