SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) – A Summerville man with epilepsy has created handmade holiday decorations for sale and says he will donate a portion of the proceeds to charity.
Jordan Hayes, 19, was diagnosed with a neurological disorder when he was young.
“I used to go to MUSC children’s hospital,” he said. “They used to have to do a lot of MRIs, EEGs, and CT scans to see what was causing the seizures.”
He later said doctors at the hospital found the cause of the seizures.
“These are the different parts of my brain,” Hayes said.
Hayes said he has two implants, one in his chest and another in his brain, that detect when he’s about to have a seizure and bring it to an end.
Brenda Grill, her grandmother, helps her with the decorations.
“I am very proud and very happy. He loves vacations, ”Grill said of his grandson.
A few weeks ago, Grill said his grandson came up with the idea of making and selling ornaments, cards and sacks of rice. He will then donate 20% of the profits to the Epilepsy Foundation.
“We never hear about it,” Grill said. “You hear, ‘Let’s raise money for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer research, and very little is done for epilepsy.’ “
Hayes and Grill said their neighbors have so far adored the 19-year-old’s designs.
Hayes said he will continue to make the ornaments and cards for the next vacation.
For more information on Hayes’ decorations, email [email protected]
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