Carly, who has lived with epilepsy for more than two years, says it ignited her interest in volunteering. She spends time as an advocate on the youth board for the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado, serving as a public speaker, advocate, newsletter columnist and youth leader.
"It can only affect me how I let it affect me," Carly said. "So I decided to use epilepsy to my advantage."
She also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, the Children's Hospital, The Women's Foundation of Colorado and served over the summer of 2010 as an intern for Congressman Ed Perlmutter.
Carly also supports her school's Men's Swim and Dive Team and has been a Jr. Coach since the age of 12 for her summer swim club.
However, for Carly the best time she has volunteering is on the youth board with the Epilepsy Foundation. She enjoys speaking with other students and sharing her story of epilepsy, which she is convinced is "a gift."
"After panels, you just have a buzz. I think, 'Wow. I have so many new friends. I shared my story and heard theirs, too.' It's the best. It's the best feeling," Carly said.
Please congratulate Carly Stafford, one of our 2011 9Kids Who Care!
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