It was a bittersweet day for Shelby Myers.
While the Washington Township, Gloucester County resident said it was hard for her to say goodbye to fellow members of New Jersey’s Epilepsy Task Force on Monday, when it met for the final time, she’s eager to see their three years of hard work finally come to fruition.
“I can’t wait for change,” said Myers.
Her son, Clayton, developed severe epilepsy after catching a virus at age 6, and battled the disorder for six more years — sometimes suffering up to 200 seizures a day — before his death in 2012 at the age of 14. The organization Myers started in his name to raise funds and awareness, Clayton’s Hope, however, lives on, and it was at an annual Steps For Seizure walk, held each year by the non-profit, that State Sen. Fred Madden (D-4 of Washington Township) met the Myers family for the first time.