Hannah Whitten is currently in her third and final year at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. In 2019, she received a bachelor’s in Business Advertising with a minor in Entrepreneurship and general business from the University of Oklahoma.
Hannah’s older brother, Dylan, was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was two years old. Watching him struggle with his disease shaped her life experience greatly. His passion for living life to the fullest and helping others humbled Hannah to her core. He did not allow epilepsy to define him, and he was her best friend. Dylan passed away in August 2017 from SUDEP. She feels very passionately about finding a cure for epilepsy to prevent anyone else from experiencing the loss her family has.
As a board member for the IsaiahStone Foundation (ISF) for the past three years, Hannah very much enjoys ISF’s focus on aiding local families with children with epilepsy and funding epilepsy research. It is through her work with ISF that I was able to meet the amazing Beth Dean and learn more about CURE Epilepsy and its mission. She feels it is an honor to participate in the work CURE Epilepsy does. While Hannah does not have a science or research background, she has been studying epilepsy and learning as much as she can in her free time.
Even before Dylan passed away from SUDEP, Hannah was very involved with nonprofit work. She has traveled to Africa on numerous occasions for her family’s nonprofit, Sewing Hope, which aims to support underprivileged women and children in Uganda. Her family has created numerous nonprofits to honor the memory of my brothers. She has a love for service, but epilepsy has a special place in her heart, and she plans on being involved in the fight against epilepsy for the rest of her life.