Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Lumberjacks will feature its first-ever Epilepsy Awareness Night on Friday when the Chicago Steel visit L.C. Walker Arena.

Gametime is 7:15 p.m.

The evening will include a Camp Discovery Drive to help out local youth whose lives have been affected by epilepsy.

During the game, fans can donate items toward the camp, and in exchange, receive a voucher to use toward one of the two games next weekend against the Green Bay Gamblers.

Items needed include glue sticks, disposable cameras, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, travel-size bug spray, new beach towels, and games (jacks and marble sets only).

Michigan’s Camp Discovery is a life-changing event as youth ages 8-17 with epilepsy spend 5 days and 4 nights enjoying various activities, form life-long friendships, and much more.  Camp Discovery is the only camp in the state that specializes in children with epilepsy.

The in-game presentation will be epilepsy-friendly and will feature no strobe light usage throughout the night.  Fans are encouraged to wear purple to the game to help raise awareness. World Purple Day is Tuesday and will commemorate the more than  65 million people whose lives been affected by epilepsy worldwide.

Gary Ball, from the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, also will be in attendance at the game on the concourse level . He will be distributing pamphlets regarding the foundation.  Director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, Brianna Romines, helped coordinate the festivities taking place throughout the night.

The Epilepsy Foundation’s objective is to have a group of dedicated staff members and volunteers work together to help improve the lives of the almost three million people in Michigan with epilepsy along with their families.  Their mission also is to make sure people with seizures are able to experience all facets of life and how they are valued in society.  Ultimately, their goal is to continue promoting research for a cure of epilepsy.