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Become a Virtual Shipmate

A motto that Phil lives by is “I Can and I Will”, something his grandma used to say to him when he was struggling with seizures, the side effects of medication, and falling behind in school. It’s a reminder to anyone living with a disability that you CAN get through a challenge and you WILL overcome it.
 
Phil still uses this attitude to push himself to live his fullest life possible. He takes One More Step by sailing the oceans of the world. Is there something you CAN do, that you’ve never done before? Decide today that you WILL do it, with the necessary safety measures in place!

Join our crew as a Virtual Shipmate by participating in our One More Step Challenge! To recognize your courage, we’ll add your first name to our boat so that you can come along for this exciting voyage. Click the button below sign up and we’ll add your story (and photo, if you send us one) to the map above after we review your submission.

Not only will your name be added to the boat, but several times during our voyages, we will pick one Virtual Shipmate to feature. By sharing your inspirational stories, we will raise awareness not only about epilepsy but about ways that people with epilepsy aren’t letting this disorder prevent them from living their fullest life possible. Featured Virtual Shipmates will receive a Sail For Epilepsy flag that was flown on the day they were highlighted, with the noon position and their name written on the flag.


I’m taking One More Step by…

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Remington

Playing sports and chasing my dream to become a real estate agent.

Martinsville, Indiana (United States)

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Sequoia

Finding something I can safely do while having auras and grand mal seizures every month.

Nevada City, California (United States)

Anya

Going on my first vacation by myself instead of hiding in my room.

Plainfield, Illinois (United States)

Robin

Defining realistic goals.

Morris, Connecticut (United States)

Vincent

Clean up my room.

New Orleans, Louisiana (United States)

Kyler

Taking a sail in a boat. I have never been before. I have epilepsy.

Carville, Louisiana (United States)

Aaron

Learning more about epilepsy and helping others.

St. Gabriel, Louisiana (United States)

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Carla

Walk another mile.

Tampa, Florida (United States)

Marlin

Hiking in the west mountains.

Tampa, Florida (United States)

Jessie

Be more present.

Tampa, Florida (United States)

Kayla

By going to the gym every day.

Tampa, Florida (United States)

Parker

Be better at riding a scooter.

Tampa, Florida (United States)

Cristina

Taking more time off work.

Seminole, Florida (United States)

Gregory

Be a wide receiver.

Tampa, Florida (United States)

Alexandra

Become a veterinarian.

Tampa, Florida (United States)

Mason

Get an MD and do research into epilepsy.

Valrico, Florida (United States)

Carolina

Get back into softball and lifting weights.

Tampa, Florida (United States)

Cristina

Paddleboarding, hiking, lifting weights.

Guam

Freya

I will encourage my son, Joshua, to live his life fully, with safety guardrails, regardless of his epilepsy. I will educate more people about epilepsy.

Sarasota, Florida (United States)

Joshua

Inform more people about epilepsy and how they can help others.

Sarasota, Florida (United States)

Evelyn

To learn more about epilepsy.

Sarasota, Florida (United States)

Ellerie

I can and I will learn to sail.

Sarasota, Florida (United States)

Peter

Get better at my new job to make my mother proud.

Sarasota, Florida (United States)

Melanie

I am going to commit to not allowing my fear of SUDEP impact or limit my son into living a fuller life.

Apollo Beach, Florida (United States)

Paige

Gaining confidence in epilepsy.

Sarasota, Florida (United States)

Laura

Publishing a book that will increase readers’ awareness about epilepsy’s challenges. (More information about the book here)

Somerville, Massachusetts (United States)

David

Educating people about Epilepsy.

Rockford, Illinois (United States)

Sophie

Playing volleyball.

Summerville, South Carolina (United States)

Isabella

Educating others about Epilepsy.

Monterey Park, California (United States)

Babette

Doing the 40miles in 40 days challenge for epilepsy.

Surrey (United Kingdom)

Judi

Continue my Ski Instructing career. Setting a goal to ski Highland Bowl within a few years. Get past my self-consciousness about seizures, and help others learn more about epilepsy.

Aspen, Colorado (United States)

Suzanne

Trying to go for a walk every day to help improve my breathing and gain more exercise. Although I don t have epilepsy, my daughter has has it all her life, with a lot of her seizures being uncontrolled with medication. I’m here to support my daughter through her lifelong journey with epilepsy.

Burnaby, BC (Canada)

Addie

I want to be a professional gymnast.

Snohomish, WA (United States)

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Adrian

Visiting one new country every year.

Monroe, WA (United States)

Matt

Playing more catch with my dad.

Bothell, WA (United States)

Owen

Learn to ride my bike.

Everson, WA (United States)

Thalia

Write her name, address, phone # as well as be able to speak more clearly.

Spanaway, WA (United States)

Max

Making it to the MLB.

Seabrook, WA (United States)

Gabe

Coming back to camp next year!

Spokane, WA (United States)

Jude

Share info about epilepsy.

Spokane, WA (United States)

Cindy

Roller skating.

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Grey

Learn to play guitar with earplugs to reduce sound.

Burnaby, BC (Canada)

Jacquoline

Moving to Thailand.

Surrey, BC (Canada)

Beth

Reaching out / staying in touch with my friends and family that are out of town. Every month I will try and call or message one or more of them.

Burnaby, BC (Canada)

Francine

Finding a suitable epileptologist.

Surrey, BC (Canada)

Arman

Run a marathon. Learn to rock climb.

Victoria, BC (Canada)

Garett

Going to the golf course to practice for the regionals next year in the Special Olympics.

Victoria, BC (Canada)

Yousuf

Learning to play the piano. Take classes.

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Randy

Going on long bike rides in the Frases Valley and Vancouver Island.

Burnaby, BC (Canada)

Kelly

Walk 10,000+ steps every day.

Canada

Jacqueline

Finishing my bachelors of education degree and proving my school that people with epilepsy can be teachers.

Nanaimo, BC (Canada)

Sonia

Going to the gym 4x a week.

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Derek

Helping others find what is good about them.

Mission, BC (Canada)

Heather

Supporting my partner as he rehabs / recovers from a cycling accident.

Canada

Farooq

Add 1000 arcane words to my vocabulary.

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Monica

Helping people. Somehow in 2017 I was hit by a car. Seizures were worse before now seizures less, no job but can help do things more now.

Burnaby, BC (Canada)

Carlos

Doing things more – helping.

Burnaby, BC (Canada)

Megan

Continue school and go to college, graduate, and play field hockey again.

Victoria, BC (Canada)

Isabel

Educate and support my child with epilepsy. Educate business owners, CEOs, anyone willing to listen about epilepsy and that people with the condition are capable of achieving anything they put their minds into.

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Marines

Enjoy life to its fullest!

Providence, RI (United States)

Manuel

Slowly cure my epilepsy for good by following healthy measures.

Dedham, MA (United States)

Bruce

Learning to sail.

Rhode Island (United States)

Bill

Promoting seizure safe schools.

Newport, RI (United States)

Brian

Following Phil!

Maumee, Ohio (United States)

Edward

I was diagnosed Epileptic at 6 years old had post Epileptic traumatisim I have been living a normal life for 24 years now on medication.

Cambridgeshire (United Kingdom)

Julia

Finding help and support to believe in myself and say I can instead of I can’t.

Edingale Tamworth, Staffordshire (United Kingdom)

Jane

Having epilepsy has not stopped me doing anything always been very sporty despite having active and fluctuating epilepsy which is now controlled. My next step is for my voice and be heard about the injustice I faced in employment and be a voice for others who don’t have a voice.

Southport (United Kingdom)

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Amy

Getting more families involved in sports and recreation (those living with epilepsy)!

Conway, NH (United States)

Lisa

Spreading awareness about epilepsy and committing to have my staff epilepsy first aid certified.

Londonderry, NH (United States)

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Baxter

More music – like learning the guitar

More adventures – like sailing and water skiing

More food – different exciting flavors

Western MA (United States)

Jeff

Find a career that I enjoy and be successful in. Regain my independence.

Sanford, ME (United States)

Amy

Repel off a building to raise money for epilepsy foundation.

Tyngsboro, MA (United States)

Tyler

Working hard to keep my room a little neater.

York, ME (United States)

Anja

Remembering my medications and be really aware of the food I’m putting in my body maybe try a ketosis diet I’ve heard promising things in its affect with epilepsy.

Coquitlam, BC (Canada)

Em-Rose

Conquering my anxiety and focusing on self care, and also continuing to support Jeff with his battle with epilepsy.

Sanford, ME (United States)

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Nicole

Continuing to teach everyone I know about this illness/disease.

Littlestown, PA (United States)

Donna

Stop isolating myself so much because of my seizures. And get out and become active again.

Plant City, Florida (United States)

Joseph

Learn about sailing.

London, Ontario (Canada)

Megan

Spreading epilepsy awareness every chance I get.

Hull, Massachusetts (United States)

Eryn

Aiming to get my dinghy instructor to help other children learn to sail.

Bexley Kent (United Kingdom)

Celine-Eva

Keep breathing despite being really scared about my epilepsy.

Freshwater NSW (Australia)

Laura

Educate my patients.

St. Cloud, Florida (United States)

Lynn

I want to be a speaker in a large groups such as Expos and Conferences about Epilepsy Awareness, and Epilepsy and Suicide, as I am the survivor of a suicide attempt due to my Epilepsy and depression. I want people to know it’s okay to not be okay, and to let others know they need help.

Ball Ground, Georgia (United States)

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Taryn

Remember.

Davenport, FL (United States)

Cassidy

Go for more hikes / walks.

Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada)

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Malea

Horseback riding off the lead.

Saint Cloud, FL (United States)

Holly

Travel in an RV across the U.S.

Monson, MA / Port Orange, FL (United States)

Angela

Not overdoing and keeping rested.

Apopka, FL (United States)

Jenn

Doing yoga and guided meditations at least 3 times per week and stay on my diet, Optavia.

Mandeville, Louisiana (United States)

Karla

Continue to take my medicine and keep it in my mind that this can happen at anytime with no notice.

Willimantic, Connecticut (United States)

Carol

Sailing each week that weather permits and timing off work. My daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy a little over a year ago.

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Sue

Sharing my lifetime experience with Epilepsy and encouraging others.

Berlin, Massachusetts (United States)

Newman

Sharing my story.

Pottstown, PA (United States)

Alina

Helping those that need it but first to help myself.

Reno, Nevada (United States)

Renata

Take a boat trip one day. And learn how to sail.

Lisbon (Portugal)

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Pedro

To support my 16y son Afonso in his challenge to live with epilepsy.

Cichoeiras (Portugal)

Isa

Demystifying epilepsy.

Portugal

Gabrial

Study to be a scientist.

Lisbon (Portugal)

Grisham

I want everyone to understand epilepsy and for my brother not to have any more seizures.

Portugal

Teresa

To become a neuro-pediatrician.

Almada (Portugal)

Luisa

Accept my condition and that of my partner. Find a way to work through the motor difficulties of everyday life.

Almada (Portugal)

Nuno

Talking to more people about epilepsy.

Portugal

Maria

Learning to play basketball.

Portugal

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Rute

Helping my daughter to be proud of herself and to continue to believe that anything is possible.

Portugal

Aurora

I hope my brother doesn’t have any more seizures.

Sines (Portugal)

Tânia

Talking more about epilepsy with everyone!

Sines (Portugal)

Jorge and Mileida

To our daughter: “You can do it! Go!” We are here for you.

Almada (Portugal)

Huga

Getting a driver’s license and taking Henrique to the stadium.

Amora (Portugal)

Elsa

Doing yoga to be more resilient.

Amora (Portugal)

Henrique

Learning to swim.

Amora (Portugal)

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Pedro

Slimming the belly.

Aroeira (Portugal)

Maria

Continuing epilepsy awareness for my patients and the community. Help them take one more step.

Almada (Portugal)

Margarida

Organizing an awareness session on Epilepsy at my nephew Samuel’s school later this year.

Setúbal, Portugal

Samuel

Having a party and swimming with the dolphins.

Portugal

Dina

Finding a weekly time for exercise.

Aveiro (Portugal)

Wojtaszek

Better healing.

Lisbon (Portugal)

Alix

Travel around the world see other cultures and learn about them.

Agueda (Portugal)

Puolo

Helping my son to learn how to swim.

Amora (Portugal)

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Bitocas

Make more travels with creativity.

Agueda (Portugal)

Ana

Educate people about epilepsy.

Lisbon (Portugal)

Pedro

Learn to ride a bicycle.

Lisbon (Portugal)

Francisco

Be able to drive a car.

Lisbon (Portugal)

Carla

Helping epilepsy patients.

Portugal

Afonso

Eventually be a doctor when I get older so I can get to know more about epilepsy and help the people with it.

Lisbon (Portugal)

Miguel

Keep opening my kids minds to such important initiatives as Sail 4 Epilepsy.

Lisbon (Portugal)

Joana

Doing my best to enroll in medical school. Then I can be an investigator in the neuroscience (or psychiatry) field.

Lisbon (Portugal)

Francisco

Keep on pursuing my dreams & never giving up. I’ll do my best to fulfill my dream of being able to speak the most languages possible.

Lisbon (Portugal)

Filipa

To share my knowledge and daily experiences that are related to epilepsy. To allow my children to have new experiences.

Portugal

Jorge

I will practice more soccer.

Portugal

Mariana

I will start dancing again.

Portugal

Salomé

I wish my brother didn’t have epilepsy anymore.

Sines (Portugal)

Daniel

I will help my girlfriend who has epilepsy to finish the course she is taking.

Aveiro (Portugal)

Maria

By supporting / encouraging people with epilepsy.

Marrakech (Morocco)

Soumia

Helping people in need.

Marrakech (Morocco)

Fatima

To spread awareness and educate people I know.

Marrakech (Morocco)

Aicha

Talking / sharing about the charity through social media.

Marrakech (Morocco)

Imad

For people with epilepsy.

Marrakech (Morocco)

Chama

Diet and nutrition.

Marrakech (Morocco)

Abderrazzak

Going on a long trip by boat in order to help people with epilepsy.

Marrakech (Morocco)

Malak

I would like to help people as much as I can.

Marrakech (Morocco)

Lamya

Help patients struggling with chronic diseases.

Marrakech (Morocco)

Iourdane

Open a center for cooperation with people in need of medical help.

Marrakech (Morocco)

Radia

I would like to be more outgoing.

Marrakech (Morocco)

Nacertazi

I would like to work out more and be in my best shape ever.

Marrakech (Morocco)

Chaimaa

Learn surfing and manage my stress. 

Marrakech (Morocco)

Maarouf

I wish for all epileptic people to be happy, fearless, and find the support they need!

Marrakech (Morocco)

Katelyn

Building a successful career.

Castro Valley, CA (United States)

Julie

In memory of my brother Danny Tromberg who lost his life to epilepsy-related complications at the young age of 45. He was a warrior who didn’t want to let epilepsy define him. All he wanted was a cure.

Princeton, NJ (United States)

Diane

Never giving up and always keep learning. Continue to help others in extraordinary ways.​​ Childhood epilepsy did not define me ~ it inspired me. I hiked, went whitewater rafting, volunteered, made bread, created memorable community events, gardened, skated, danced & had fun! Nearly 50 years later, I continue to create, inspire & explore.
Hampton, NH (United States)

Audrey

Start lean to sail in this year.

Brazil

Juliana

1 more step to the infinite. The will to reach my goal which is to drive and stop being anxious. Manage to contain the sensation of heat rising up my body and absorb my emotion as I reach the relief of tension. I need to divert my thoughts when I feel like I’m going to have an episode of epilepsy.

Porto, Portugal

João

Professional success in the work that I always aspired to have.

Porto, Portugal

Maria

Walk to Santiago de Compostela.

Porto, Portugal

Catarina

Swim at the beach.

Porto, Portugal

Carlos

Live life.

Porto, Portugal

Rosa

Ride in a big boat.

Porto, Portugal

Maria

Accept epilepsy to better deal with it.

Vila do Conde, Portugal

Cristina

Practice more exercise.

Porto, Portugal

Nelson

Swim in the ocean.

Porto, Portugal

Joaquim

I would like to work and be able to do training in the area of ​​electricity.

Porto, Portugal