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#AJO One Year Later

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It's been one year to the day since the death of a local teenager sparked a huge wave of posts on social media.

The epileptic seizure-related death of Alyssa Josephine O'Neill led to the "#AJO" craze, that had people all over the world paying it forward.

Alyssa was an 18-year-old nursing student at Penn State Behrend, when she suffered an epileptic seizure.

After her funeral, Alyssa's parents, Sarah and Jason O'Neill, tried to ease some of their grief by going to to Starbucks, where they paid it forward.

The O'Neill's bought pumpkin spice latte's for the next 10 customers who ordered it.

From picking up coffee, to dinner bills, her death spurred a world-wide "pay it forward" campaign known as #AJO.

In just one year, the AJO Forever Fund raised more than $90,000 dollars for kids who suffer from epilepsy.

Penn State Behrend even renamed their annual student award.  It's now called the "Alyssa Josephine O'Neill" award.  It's given to the student who demonstrates the most care and compassion in a patient-care setting.

On Thursday, students at McDowell high school plan to wear purple in honor of Alyssa.

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