In August of 2011, at the age of 10, Shane was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. With the support of his family, Shane worked through the adversities of his first seizures and medications, often feeling isolated and scared. In search of support in 2013, Shane sponsored his first team at the National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington D.C. and was inspired. Despite the many drawbacks epilepsy brings, it has shaped Shane into the person he is today. It taught him to never give up, stay focused and do the best you can.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut selected Shane to represent Connecticut in the Teens Speak Up! conference in Washington D.C. Shane, along with representatives from around the country, gathered to receive advocacy training, meet with their legislators, and tell their personal stories. Shane will be participating in the Walk to End Epilepsy D.C. in April 2019. This will be Shane’s 7th consecutive year walking in D.C.
Shane currently attends Ithaca College in New York. He is on the varsity swimming and diving team as well as the caption of one of the recreational soccer teams. He studies finance in the school of business with a minor in business analytics. He is a peer advisor for incoming business students and a junior analyst in Core Trading Consultants. He also sits on the executive board for the Young Entrepreneurship Organization. Swimming has taught him to work hard in the moment, so he can achieve his goals in the future. And as a member of the Leadership Academy at Ithaca College, he continues to learn more about how to be a leader. Epilepsy never stoped him from achieving his goals.