Amer Armbruster Takes the Lead in Raising Epilepsy Awareness

Amer Armbruster, 18-year-old senior at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School, has been appointed as the Honorary Chair for this year’s gala event, marking a significant milestone in his journey of resilience and advocacy.

Amer’s story is one of courage and determination, having been diagnosed with juvenile absence epilepsy in 2019. Despite the challenges that come with managing such a condition, Amer has faced them head-on, demonstrating unwavering strength and perseverance.

“The medications I take come with side effects, some of which induce exhaustion and impact my ability to focus,” Amer shares. “For a while, epilepsy prevented me from driving and participating in activities like biking, downhill skiing, and swimming.”

An avid runner and cross-country skier, Amer found himself initially sidelined from competition due to the unpredictable nature of his seizures. However, with the unwavering support of his friends, family, and medical professionals, Amer has not only adapted to his condition but has also thrived.

Reflecting on his experiences, Amer shares, “Living with epilepsy has been challenging, but I’m fortunate to have supportive coaches, teammates, and family members. Many children with epilepsy aren’t as fortunate, facing limitations and isolation. I wanted to make a difference and raise awareness through my passion for running.”

In 2022, Amer organized Seize the Day, a challenging 5K and 10K trail race held at Mendon Ponds Park. In just two years, the event has raised over $100,000 in support of EPI’s epilepsy services, including Camp EAGR, New York State’s only camp for children with epilepsy and their siblings.

As Honorary Chair of this year’s gala, Amer continues to lead the charge in raising epilepsy awareness and advocating for those affected by the condition. His dedication and resilience serve as an inspiration to us all, reminding us that with determination and support, anything is possible.