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You don’t need to be a mom to feel such sadness when a child is suffering, but I think, as a mom, the pain may be slightly more intense because immediately you think, “What if that were my child?” That’s what I thought when I learned about Sean Bixler, a nine-year-old boy who years ago used to live in the Manhattan apartment building I live in now with my family. The Bixlers, who also have a grown son, a college-aged son and a 13-year-old daughter, have taken Sean to doctors in three states, including a recent and expensive trip to the Cleveland Clinic, where they officially learned Sean is epileptic. The doctors said the problems are caused by a “constant electrical storm in his brain.” The treatment? They’ve prescribed a medicine and a “complicated – and expensive – diet widely used to treat children with epilepsy,” according to his parents. The out of pocket costs are now well over $50,000. Faced with these mounting costs, they’ve done what countless other families have done before them – they have shared their story on GiveForward, a crowd fundraising site, hoping family, friends, loved ones, and people they don’t even know will be moved by Sean’s story to help.