Mary Grace is 16 years old and is a junior at Dyersburg High School. She is the daughter of Paige and Joe Jennings. She has a brother, Graham, who is a junior at Mississippi State University. She had her first seizure on our church youth choir trip on spring break of 7th grade and was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2015. She has both absence and tonic clonic seizures. Her epilepsy is considered refractory- or uncontrolled and med resistant. She had a vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) device placed in May 2018, but continues to have seizures. She is prescribed four different anti-epileptic medications as well. She enjoys cheering for DHS football and singing. Her life has changed a lot since that spring break. Now, she just wants to get her driver’s license like every other 16 year old but is unable to as long as she continues to have seizures.
We are hopeful that now she is paired with a service dog that it will give her some of the independence that she craves and deserves. We hope that it gives her and all her caregivers peace of mind when she is away from us. We hope that it gives her the emotional support she needs while she is transitioning into being a young adult when high school is over next year.
A special thanks to Modern Woodmen who are matching 100% of the donations up to $2500!