Maria Fontini's Story

My story starts in Nicosia - the capitol of a small Mediterranean Greek island called Cyprus. In September, 2002 my one and only child was four months old and had her first seizure. Then after seeing Jim Abrahams movie, "First Do No Harm," we made the big step. We visited the U.S. where my daughter, Maria Fontini, began the ketogenic diet at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Epilepsy took my daughter away, the ketogenic diet gave her back to me. This is why The Charlie Foundation was a huge inspiration to me in setting up the Cyprus Association For People With Epilepsy as I felt we needed something like the Charlie Foundation in Cyprus. I will forever remain passionate about the ketogenic diet and its tremendous benefits. I pray that many more children and their families will be able to live the miracle of seizure free days. Antigoni Kallimachou President of the Cyprus Association For People With Epilepsy 2114 Nicosia