As a 5th grader in the Hudson School District, Camden Frank was assigned to do a Passion Project. Camden selected to use epilepsy for his topic as he has a family friend recently diagnosed and has seen how fear of the unknown and fear of the future took over this family. Camden went above and beyond his assignment by preparing a 24 minute documentary on epilepsy. He included information about seizure types, diagnosis, medications, and seizure first aid. Camden used his entire 5th grade school year to produce this documentary. He conducted interviews with epilepsy professionals as well as individuals living with epilepsy. He did this all on his own while his mother filmed the interviews and drove him to where he needed to be. It took Camden 3 attempts to make his documentary before finally being satisfied with the product. His first was created on his iPod Touch and it was 5 minutes long. He felt that it did not show the full picture of epilepsy. The second was completed on his laptop and was ten minutes long. He was still dissatisfied and did not feel that enough was presented in that time to help others understand the significance of epilepsy. His final version was presented to the Epilepsy Association staff on June 16th. EA staff were moved and in awe of his project and the kind and talented person that is Camden. He was supported that day by his mother and sister and you could see the pride radiating from them.
Camden and his sisters had a lemonade stand in their neighborhood and raised $100 for the Epilepsy Association. Camden presented this check to Kelley Needham, CEO of the Epilepsy Association following his video presentation. Camden and his sisters are planning on having 2 more fundraising lemonade stands for the Epilepsy Association.
Camden is one in a million. He truly is an amazing kid as he so generously spreads epilepsy awareness and education. He is a true role model for children of all ages and we are honored to share the same passion for epilepsy and epilepsy awareness.
Congratulations Camden on a job well done!