Trysten Pearson and Nathaniel Twohatchett first met at a Galveston Boy Scout Troop Meeting in 2013 and realized that they both attended Odyssey Academy in Galveston. The boys became fast friends. Sadly, Trysten was diagnosed with epilepsy that same year at age 12. After having many severe seizures at Odyssey Academy, Trysten realized he was not alone. Many times Nathaniel had either stayed by his side during a seizure, went to get help or even used the lifesaving technique of “swiping” the VNS implanted device in Trysten’s chest with a magnet after having been taught first aid. They soon became very close and Nathaniel just naturally became Trysten’s “buddy”.
With Trysten’s passion to raise awareness about epilepsy and becoming an advocate with the Epilepsy Foundation Texas, his friend Nathaniel has been right by his side participating with him at many epilepsy events.
In 2015, the boys were introduced to Lemonade Day at Odyssey Academy and Nathaniel was the driving force behind their desire to participate. They thought this would be a great way to raise epilepsy awareness and donate funds to support epilepsy related programs. After a successful first year, they decided to participate again in 2016.
In addition to making over $1,500 on Lemonade Day, they established an incredible goal to work towards Trysten’s dream of having a pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit in Galveston County. Currently, because of the severity of Trysten’s epileptic seizures, he has to travel to the nearest monitoring unit which is in Houston, TX. Trysten and Nathaniel want to work towards funding a unit in Galveston County so that children suffering from epilepsy won’t have to travel outside of the county for the medical assistance they desperately need. The Department of Neurology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX is now engaged and hopeful that a monitoring unit for children might be in their future.