Help Send Kids with Epilepsy To Camp!

For: Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan
Southfield, MI
Organizer: Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan
Help Send Kids with Epilepsy To Camp! (Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan)
$14,238
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 68 donors
71% Complete

The Story

All kids need a place where they can "just be kids". This is even more so the case for a young person with epilepsy. For a lot of children with epilepsy, each day holds uncertainty, limitations, and fear. That is why the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigandeveloped Camp Discovery. We wanted to create a safe place where kids can enjoy the full camp experience: swimming, rock-climbing, horse-back riding, archery and more.  Camp Discoverychanges lives.

Epilepsy is a spectrum disorder. Some children with epilepsy suffer from frequent seizures, medication side effects, cognitive difficulties, depression, anxiety, social stigma and isolation, and other physical or neurological disabilities. Others may have full seizure control but still worry about stigma or the possibility of a seizure. Camp Discovery offers a safe camping experience that promotes healthy behaviors, builds self-esteem, develops social skills and independence, and allows campers to discover their own abilities.

However, as you can imagine, this is a very costly endeavor.  Camp Discovery is a five day/four night camp experience specifically designed for children ages 8-17 who have epilepsy. With 24-hour medical staffing (including a pediatric neurologist and epilepsy nurse specialist), a camp staff that is fully trained in seizure recognition and first aid, and a high staff-to-camper ratio, Camp Discovery offers an exceptional level of safety, experience, and responsiveness. This allows us to accommodate the entire spectrum of epilepsy.

This is why we need your support.  It has always been our goal to offer this experience regardless of a camper's ability to pay. Your support will allow us to provide substantial financial assistance to families who cannot afford the full camp fee.  Your gift WILL change the lives of young people with epilepsy.  Please donate today.

If you'd prefer to mail a check, we can still post the donation here! Simply, make it out to the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan (include a notation that it's for Camp Discovery) and mail it to:
Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan
25200 Telegraph Road
Suite 110
Southfield, MI 48033

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 19, 2017

Posted on June 19, 2017

We're in the final stretch! We've raised $12,813 so far. We have until Sunday, June 25th to raise the remaining $7,187 - so please keep sharing!

Here's a video from a mother who sent her son to camp a couple of years ago. This is why we have Camp Discovery.  Please help us give as many kids as possible this amazing experience!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iiyj2KZBDw0

Posted on June 12, 2017

Posted on June 12, 2017

We’ve had a wonderful response in the last week.  Thank you to all of those who have helped us get closer to our goal!  We have now raised $11,836 and we have 82 campers registered – wow!   We need $8,164 more by June 23rd and with your help, we know it’s possible.  Please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! The more people who are aware of the need, the more response we get.  Thank you for your help!

Posted on June 5, 2017

Posted on June 5, 2017

We are so excited to now have 79 campers enrolled - Amazing!!!   $8,933 has been raised, so now more than ever, we need your support! There is only a short time left to make our goal of $20,000! Please help these wonderful kids enjoy the magic that camp offers- help us meet our goal!

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