Epilepsy Foundation

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

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Samantha "Sam" Watkins was an 18-year-old high school student in Kilgore, Texas. She was an honor student, member of the National Honors Society, a Texas scholar, and on the soccer team. Three months after Sam was diagnosed with epilepsy she suffered a massive seizure that caused her death. The love for Samantha started the push for Sam's Law (HB 684).

Sam's Law (HB 684) is simple. It will require all Texas public school personnel to be trained in seizure awareness and first aid. This will ensure that the 49,050 children who have active seizures will have trained adults to properly assist them if they have a seizure at school. Thank you for your support.

Purple Warriors of Texas

The Purple Warriors of Texas is an epilepsy advocacy group working to get Sam's Law (HB 684) passed into law. Shari Dudo, a retired Texas public school teacher, epilepsy advocate, and person with epilepsy, has been working with the Epilepsy Foundations in Texas since April of 2017 on Sam's Law (HB 684).

As a retired educator and person with epilepsy, Shari believes that Sam's Law can mean the difference between life and death for students in Texas public schools with epilepsy.


You can help the Purple Warriors of Texas and Shari by contacting your state senator and representative and tell them that we need Sam's Law (HB 684) to ensure that schools are well-equipped with the tools necessary provide a safe and enriching environment.