Reggie, 9, was nominated for an award by Rochelle, the mum of his friend Ellis.
Ellis was diagnosed with focal epilepsy in 2019. His current medication doesn’t control his seizures. Ellis and Reggie were already good friends at school when he was diagnosed, but lockdown brought them even closer. Reggie FaceTimed Ellis every day to check on him and keep his spirits high. Quick-thinking Reggie has twice recognized when Ellis is about to have a seizure, shouting for help and alerting his mum to get him to a safe place.
Reggie was nominated for the award by Rochelle Mayfield, Ellis’ mum. She explains, “Ellis’ whole world as he knew it was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with epilepsy. I saw my cheeky, outgoing little boy become withdrawn, depressed and overcome with anxiety. Reggie, thank you so much for being a great friend and an amazing support to Ellis in his time of need.”
Accepting the award, Reggie said: “Ellis is my best friend and I just want him to be happy so I am proud that I can make him feel happy and also help to keep him safe.”