Documentaries

Epilepsy has been described as being “the largest disease with the least public education”. In fact, despite being one of the most common neurological conditions, epilepsy receives the least funding and research dollars and has the least recognition, education and awareness in society. The goal of the What If … Documentary Series is to bring about public awareness to the epilepsy crisis and mortality rates of epilepsy in BC, which is an orphaned disease in the province of BC. The What If … Documentary Series was born out of necessity to highlight the lack of action from the Provincial Government of British Columbia and include the unsuccessful efforts of the BC Epilepsy Society to meet with government of a period of 26 months. Kim Davidson, the CEO & Executive Director of the BC Epilepsy Society and the Founder of the international I AM A VOICE for Epilepsy Awareness™ campaign is the Creator and Producer of the What If … Documentary Series. Check out the trailer for the What If … Documentary Series below:

Episode One, FAILURE: The Black Mark on Canadian Health Care, was released on October 6th, 2020 and discusses how and why the adult epilepsy program in British Columbia is second-class and subpar and is the worst adult epilepsy program in Canada. This documentary episode now has over 58,000 views on YouTube and can be viewed below:

Episode Two, PRISONER OF PURGATORY: The Jared Ricks Story, was released on October 13th, 2020 and tells the tragic story of Jared Ricks, a young musician from Victoria, BC who passed away on December 29th, 2018 at the age of 23 from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). This documentary episode now has over 43,000 views on YouTube and can be viewed below:

Episode Three, UNASHAMED AND UNAFRAID: The Allison Hegedus Story, was released on October 21st, 2020 and tells the inspiring story of Allison Hegedus, the President of Vida Spas. Viewers can learn about Allison’s successful career journey post epilepsy brain surgery, working with Bruce Croxon, formerly of Dragons’ Den, at Vida Spas. Viewers can also learn about her epilepsy diagnosis at the age of 18 and having to pay out-of-pocket to go out-of-province from British Columbia to Ontario for both diagnostic testing and epilepsy brain surgery due to the shortcomings of the adult epilepsy program in British Columbia. This documentary episode now has over 15,000 views on YouTube and can be viewed below:

Episode Four, JESUS LOVES ME: The Mackenzie MacWilliams Story, was released on November 24, 2020 and tells the journey of Mackenzie MacWilliams, an accomplished young man from a tight-knit family and a faith-based community in Delta, BC who tragically passed away on April 25th, 2019 at the age of 27 from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). This documentary episode has over 24,000 views on YouTube and can be viewed below:

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