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PAY IT FORWARD: Teen Humanitarian Helps Kids Fight Epilepsy
UNDATED -- Jessica Waters was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 11 years old. Since then, she created Cupcakes for Camp, a charity that sends kids with epilepsy to Camp Flame Catcher.
"I know how important it was to have good counselors. When I came they were one of the biggest parts in me completely changing my mentality about epilepsy in what it is and how it affects people. I thought I would just come back and try and be as helpful as they were to me," tells Waters.
This year, Cupcakes for Camp was able to send six kids to Camp Flame Catcher, which gives young minds the confidence they need to overcome the difficulties of epilepsy.
"When I was diagnosed I was very withdrawn with my disability, didn't want to talk about it and didn't think I could do things but then I came to camp and was able to do the giant swing, and to canoe and rock climb. And those are things I never thought I'd be able to do again. And that was life changing for me and I knew I wanted to help people and for their lives to be changed from this," says Waters.
She has volunteered more than 600 hours to various charities and organizations. Her accomplishments go on for pages, literally including being Miss Beavercreek, not too mention she is just 16 years old.
"I guess that is just what I spend my time doing, it's what makes me happy and my mom says it helps me stay out of trouble," Waters says with a laugh.
Jessica also spends her time spreading the word on epilepsy awareness and seizure first aid. She is an outstanding girl who is truly passionate about helping people get through what she has so brilliantly overcome.
"I look forward to this camp all year and we drive an hour every day back and forth from cheer so I wouldn't be here if I didn't love it as much as I do. And I do love it a lot!"
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