David is an Idaho native and currently lives on the southern Oregon coast in North Bend with his wife Kathleen, and three sons: Chandlor, Patrick and Evan. David and Kathleen's youngest son Evan was diagnosed with infantile spasms, a catastrophic form or epilepsy, when he was three months old. Over the course of several months Evan underwent multiple tests and treatment options, but nothing could fully reveal why these spasms were happening, and nothing could stop them. David and Kathleen found their way to Los Angeles, California where they met with Dr. Gary Mathern, a neurosurgeon at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. It was here where they learned more about hemispherectomy surgery, something they had no idea that Evan would soon undergo. The decision was easy for David and Kathleen, as Evan succumbed quickly to infantile spasms, and what little development he had was lost. It was their last chance to save him. On November 23, 2010 at ten months old, Evan had left hemispherectomy surgery. It was revealed that Evan's left hemisphere was severely underdeveloped, causing his seizures. The results of the surgery were almost immediate, and within just a couple days Evan was doing things for the first time ever. Evan has remained seizure free since the morning of his surgery.
In an effort to reach out and help build more awareness, education and support, David created Evan's personal website, www.evanstauff.com where he shares more detailed information about Evan's life with infantile spasms and hemispherectomy surgery. David keeps in contact with many families who share similar experiences throughout the entire Western Region of The Hemispherectomy Foundation, as well as many more throughout the United States, and world.
David graduated Magna Cum Laude from Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies – History/Anthropology, and stays home now overseeing Evan's care. He spends his time making sure that Evan is progressing through his many therapy sessions, updating Evan's website, and helping The Hemispherectomy Foundation as the Western Regional Director and Webmaster.