Last Friday, we were proud to sponsor our first annual charity golf outing, benefitting Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. It was a beautiful day, and we were thrilled to see so many of our vendors and extended Tribe come out to show their support and – importantly – to have a little fun.
To everyone who made it to the outing, a huge thanks. As with every other aspect of what we do, it wouldn’t have been possible without the enthusiasm and collaboration of our community.
This year, we raised a total of $2,016 for the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. Next year, we hope for even more!
Why Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan?
Quite simply, this is a condition which is close to our hearts here at 616. Jeff Hennip, our Facilities Director, experiences the impact of epilepsy each day as he raises his three year old daughter, Caedyn. A source of joy to her parents, Caedyn has had an epilepsy condition since infancy, and her parents have experienced the challenges and – at times – stigma of epilepsy firsthand.
Epilepsy, which is properly known as a “seizure disorder”, is a medical condition which essentially produces an electrical storm in the brain. Epileptic seizures don’t all look the same; they can look as innocuous as someone staring off into space for a few seconds – which can also make them difficult to detect, diagnose and treat.
Over 100,000 people in Michigan are known to struggle with epilepsy. One out of every 100 people has epilepsy, although you would never know it by looking at them. Roughly 70% of people who have epilepsy will never know what causes epileptic episodes, although thankfully, these seizures can often be treated and managed through medication and, in some cases, surgery. Some people simply “grow out of” epilepsy; for others, it is a condition which must be managed throughout their lives.
By and large, people with this neurological disorder look, walk and talk just like the rest of us. Yet even in today’s more informed society, epilepsy still carries a negative stigma in many circles.
Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, a state chapter of the national Epilepsy Foundation, works a twofold approach to “make the world a better place for those with epilepsy”. First, the Foundation serves those with the condition by providing resources, training, management tools and networking with care providers. Second, the Foundation provides advocacy and awareness, whether that means advocating for a teenage girl’s right to attend a public school and equipping school staff with the training and tools they need to accommodate her condition, or dispelling common myths and stigma through public awareness campaigns.
Why give back?
Call it the Universal Law of Opposites; call it karma; call it good stewardship. However you choose to phrase it, we can all recognize the importance of putting positive contributions back in to the community from which we benefit every day.
After all, we couldn’t do what we do if it weren’t for the goodwill and contributions of others. Working to make the world a better place for the people who live in our community is a responsibility we take seriously.
Stay tuned for next year’s outing!
Yes, there WILL be another outing next year! We will keep you posted. If you haven’t already, sign up for our Development email newsletter to stay in the loop. Just head to our homepage and look for the signup fields at the bottom left.