Peyton List is using her platform to help find a cure for epilepsy.
The Cobra Kai star has been appointed to the board of The Cameron Boyce Foundation, a non-profit set up by Libby and Victor Boyce, the parents of late actor Cameron Boyce who passed away at the age of 20 due to complications from epilepsy.
“There’s so much I want to do to keep Cameron’s legacy alive and help towards the goal of curing epilepsy,” Peyton shares in a statement posted to social media.
“There is no better role for me than sitting on the board of the Cameron Boyce Foundation to serve his legacy. Cameron will always continue to show me what it means to give back, and working with the foundation will be my tribute back to him.”
Peyton and Cameron starred together as siblings Emma and Luke Ross in the Disney show Jessie, which ran from 2011 to 2015, where they developed a close friendship. At the time of Cameron’s death, Peyton shared a moving message paying tribute to her on-screen brother:
“He was younger than me, but taught me how to spread love and kindness more than anyone that has ever been in my life. He lifted everyone around him, and inspired/pushed me to be a better person than I ever would’ve been without his guidance, patience and love.”
The Cameron Boyce Foundation was set up in 2019, the year of the actor’s death, to fund research, education and awareness campaigns. It also supports causes that were close to Cameron’s heart including the Thirst Project, an organisation working to end the global water crisis, as well as the Weilding Peace campaign, a social media movement he started to help reduce gun violence.
According to their 2022 impact report, the foundation has raised over $1.5 million in funding since its inception, delivering hundres of thousands of dollars in grants to epilepsy research projects.
“Our mission is to raise awareness in such a way that empowers people with epilepsy so that they have information, so they can advocate for themselves, so they can take better care of themselves. We’re dedicated to making a difference because what happened to us shouldn’t have happened, and certainly going forward, we don’t want it to happen to anybody else,” a message from Libby and Victor reads on the report.
Peyton joins a team of Cameron’s friends and fellow actors who are also involved with the foundation including Karan Brar, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Salma Hayek Pinault, Debby Ryan and Adam Sandler.
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