Brook Hodgeman

Youth Ambassador

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It was difficult for Brook to learn that he has epilepsy, but, oddly enough, it eventually became a relief. He finally understood why he would miss entire plays during a hockey game and why he would miss pieces of what his teachers were saying in school.

Epilepsy ended up making Brook a stronger person. It taught him to persist and work hard to achieve success. This new understanding of his life as a student, athlete, and patient gave him direction. Brook helped contribute to a study on genetic idiopathic epilepsy as a patient and soon realized his desire to become a neurologist. He has joined epilepsy awareness campaigns, including representing Vermont at Teens Speak Up! There he lobbied legislators to support National Health Institute funding for research of neurological diseases. 

Brook is on the pre-med track at St. Michael's College, in Colchester Vermont where he studies physics.  He is an avid Nordic and alpine skier and loves the outdoors.  Last January Brook organized a Ski 4 Awareness fundraiser at the University of Vermont 2020 Carnival and NENSA Supertour Nordic ski event in Craftsbury, Vermont.