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Basketball Camp to Give Kids with Epilepsy a Chance to Bounce

By Heather Cherone | June 22, 2014 8:51am | Updated on June 23, 2014 8:31am
 Danny Stanton, 4, died in December 2009 of a seizure while sleeping.
Danny Stanton, 4, died in December 2009 of a seizure while sleeping.
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EDGEBROOK — A basketball camp will give children with epilepsy and their siblings a chance to play hoops.

The free basketball camp for children and teens with epilepsy will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at De La Salle High School, 3455 S. Wabash Ave.

It is being hosted by the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago and the Edgebrook-based Danny Did Foundation, which was founded by Mike and Mariann Stanton in January 2010 after the sudden death of their 4-year-old son Danny in December 2009. The foundation works to prevent deaths caused by seizures.

Mike Simmel, a New Jersey-based author, basketball player and the founder of the Bounce Out the Stigma Project, will lead the free, three-day camp in tandem with local high school players and volunteers. The Chicago Sky mascot Sky Guy is expected at the camp Wednesday.

Simmel, known as “Mighty Mike,” is a member of the Harlem Wizards basketball team and has epilepsy. At age 16, he was asked to leave a basketball camp because of his epilepsy. Bounce Out the Stigma hosts camps in six states.

More than 3 million people in the United States and 65 million people worldwide suffer from epilepsy, which causes seizures. A seizure occurs when a brief, strong surge of electrical activity affects part or all of the brain, according to the epilepsy foundation.

For more information, call 312-939-8622, Ext. 224.

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