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Danny Did Foundation Presented With 'Outstanding Community Leaders' Award

By Alex Nitkin | May 9, 2017 5:52am
 Mike and Mariann Stanton, founders of the Edgebrook-based Danny Did Foundation
Mike and Mariann Stanton, founders of the Edgebrook-based Danny Did Foundation
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Danny Did Foundation

CHICAGO — The founders of the Edgebrook-based Danny Did Foundation accepted an award Saturday from the international Association of Fundraising Professionals, they announced.

Mike and Mariann Stanton were presented with the association's Outstanding Community Leaders Award, which is reserved for people with "extraordinary leadership or advocacy resulting in significant change within the community," according to the announcement.

Danny Did was one of seven organizations honored on Saturday by the association, which "recognizes philanthropists that exemplify a standard of excellence and awards them for the dedicated contributions they have made to the community," they said.

The Danny Did Foundation was launched by in January 2010 after the death of the Stantons' 4-year-old son Danny in December 2009 from a condition known as Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy.

The foundation buys monitoring devices that sound an alarm when someone with epilepsy suffers a seizure while sleeping, which can be fatal. The service has reached families in all states and eight countries, its founders said.

About 2.3 million Americans suffer from epilepsy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.