June 07, 2016
Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan wrote -
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 we developed 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 Discovery changes 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. Each year we apply for grants to help cover the average total cost of about $70,000, and each year we come up short. That is why we are turning to you! 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. More funding = More campers.
In return for your support, we will send you a picture of our 2016 Camp Discovery Campers. With your support, we feel we can reach our goal of sending at least 70 kids to camp. When we send you the picture, please use their smiling faces as a reminder of the young people with epilepsy whose lives you’ve changed…children who will never again feel alone.