Jennifer May and her husband, Cameron, live in Pleasant Grove Utah with their three children Bryson (18), Makayla (15), and Stockton (11). Stockton has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. Cameron works as an investment coach at TD Ameritrade/Investools.
Born and raised in southern Idaho, Jennifer attended Brigham Young University where she majored in Business Education. She left school one semester short of a bachelor’s degree to accept a promotion in the international purchasing and transportation industry.
Through the next several years, Jennifer was active in the fitness industry. She and her husband became certified personal trainers and owned a fitness center of their own in Idaho. Later the Mays sold their business and moved back to Utah where Jennifer worked in sales and bookkeeping for Gold’s Gym. She was able to quit working just before the birth of their third child, Stockton.
With the onset of Stockton’s seizures and developmental delay, Jennifer became active in the epilepsy community. She became a HOPE (Helping Other People with Epilepsy) mentor with the Epilepsy Association of Utah and served on their board of directors. Shortly after receiving Stockton’s diagnosis of Dravet syndrome, Jennifer assisted with the development of the international non-profit organization IDEA League (International Dravet Syndrome Epilepsy Action League), now renamed Dravet.org.
Even now, Stockton is suffering daily with the seizures, medication side effects, and the co-morbid conditions that come with Dravet syndrome. Jennifer is one of three moms that have formed Hope 4 Children with Epilepsy to pursue legislation that would allow their children to have access to the promising high-THC/low-CBD cannabis (medical hemp) oil. Jennifer is also currently serving as a parent advocate on the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Association of Utah.