This is such an inspirational story! Here is the press release we issued about this!
SAMMY BUGGLE RAISES AWARENESS FOR EPILEPSY BY MODELING AT EAST COAST STARZ
New York, NY –November 25, 2014—East Coast Starz, a leading producer of fashion experiences for girls and teens marked National Epilepsy Awareness Month by helping Samantha Buggle to fulfill her dream of modeling, while battling epilepsy.
Samantha, who is known to her family and friends as Sammy, started experiencing generalized epilepsy with absence seizures when she was three. Her seizures are becoming worst as she grows older. She has over 100 seizures a day and her family is still unable to find the right medication to control them.
Today, Sammy is a 10 year old activist for the Epilepsy Foundation of America sharing inspirational videos that she makes with her family on her YouTube channel. Her most recent video “Overcoming Epilepsy with Samantha” has been shared with over seventy thousand people. In the video, Sammy talks about her struggle with epilepsy and how she overcomes the obstacles she faces every day. She also shares her dreams of modelling and acting.
Following the video’s release, East Coast Starz creator, Lauren Handler contacted Samantha and invited her to make her dream of modeling come true. “When I saw Sammy’s video, I knew I had to bring her to East Coast Starz,” says Lauren. “Such a gorgeous girl, inside and out, Sammy exemplifies everything East Coast Starz is all about. Dreaming big…never allowing obstacles to stand in your way, and of course living your dreams with fashion and style!”
“It was really fun modelling at the event,” Says Sammy. “I got to meet all these photographers and agents, and walk the runway. The most fun was meeting the girls though! Everyone was so nice and I fit right in. And the runway was pink!”
“We were so excited and honored that East Coast Starz invited Sammy to participate in Take 8,” Says Janine Buggle, Sammy’s Mother. “Sammy was nothing but smiles as she got her hair done. She had such confidence walking down the runway. Seizures or no seizures, she was doing this and loving every minute of it. I don’t think a dry eye was to be had among my family. We were so honored and proud of her as she stood up there grinning from ear to ear.”