Like a good big sister, 4-year-old Raelynn Keller helps her younger brother Hunter with everything. She helps with the little things, like brushing his teeth, using utensils at mealtime, or kicking a ball. She helps him with the bigger things, like the diagnosis of misfiring synapses he received just over a year and a half ago when he was 6 months old. And she also helps raise awareness for his disorder, which triggers petit mal seizures, can impact motor skills and daily life, and is different from epilepsy, though people often group the two together.
This fall, Raelynn made batches of homemade mango and pineapple salsa and blueberry BBQ sauce to sell during the month of November, the official seizure disorder awareness month. She recently donated the proceeds, $227.23, to the Child Development Center (CDC), a nonprofit agency in Kalispell that provides support for families like the Kellers who are raising children with disabilities or delays in seven counties across Montana.
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