All Children Belong
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CJ is part of a camp where helmets and seizures are simply no big deal, and kids can just be kids. Help support Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario’s inclusive camps for children with neurological conditions More

Epilepsy is the most common neurological condition of childhood, and has impacts beyond the seizures themselves. Many children struggle with stigma and feel different at a time when fitting in is important. Additionally, parents often experience anxiety and fear around leaving their children due to the unpredictability of when the child’s next seizure will happen.

Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario (ESWO) offers camps that are designed to support the unique physical, learning, emotional and behavioural needs of children living with seizures. The use of trained one-on-one volunteers provide reassurance for parents and caregivers that their children are safe should they experience a seizure at camp.  Our camps offer an inclusive environment where helmets and seizures are simply no big deal and kids can just be kids.

 

Meet CJ…

CJ looks forward to ESWO camp days where his social skills have flourished and he has developed many friendships. His mom Heather says he is so excited on camp days and loves it so much because he “knows he belongs”  and that “his smile at the end of the day says it all”!  In addition, CJ has developed many physical activity skills, enhanced his mobility skills and increased his confidence in his ability to participate in camp activities.  Although camp for CJ is all about fun (especially playing ball hockey) and friends, Heather recognizes that the ESWO camps are important because “it is the one place that CJ connects with others and has the one-to-one support he needs to help him feel independent” and she knows “he is safe.” 

ESWO enhances the lives of people like CJ who are affected by epilepsy and seizure disorders by providing a network of services that educate, support, and build community awareness throughout Southwestern Ontario. 

Please help support our children’s programming at ESWO by making a donation. Every dollar counts and will help to send children like CJ to camp this summer. Thanks for joining our #purplenation! 

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