Help Send Kids with Epilepsy To Camp!

For: Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan
Southfield, MI
Organizer: Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan
$8,472
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 20 donors
42% Complete
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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 May 22, 2017

Posted on May 22, 2017

Well, we are half way through the campaign and we have 61 campers registered and $5,872 raised.  If you have ever been to our office you have seen the beautiful camp pictures hanging on our wall.  It always inspires us to see all of those smiles!  We want to share those smiles with you!  To all of the people that have given, we are going to send you a camper picture.  We want you to use all of those smiles as a constant reminder of how you changed their lives forever.  Please give today and look for your picture after camp.

Posted on May 15, 2017

Posted on May 15, 2017

We now have raised $4,872!  Did you know that most campers who attend can only pay a small fraction of the fee?  It is deeply rooted in our mission that NO ONE will be denied this experience based on their ability to pay.  In fact, it is our ultimate dream to have Camp Discovery fully supported so we can advertise it as “FREE”!  That is our dream…thanks for helping us get one step closer by making a donation.

Posted on May 8, 2017

Posted on May 8, 2017

So now we have 51 campers enrolled and $3572 raised through this campaign.  Something that many people don’t know is how far we go to accommodate our campers.  A camper we talked to this week will require what we call a “one-on-one”.  Some campers need a full time staff person devoted just to them in order to come to camp and enjoy everything it has to offer.  That is why this camp is so unique- and so necessary!  Help us continue to be able to offer this level of experience for young people with epilepsy!

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