Fact: One in 10 adults will have a seizure at least once in their life.
Fact: 65 million people in the world have epilepsy.
Fact: More than 130,000 people in Greater Chicago have epilepsy.
November was National Epilepsy Awareness Month and throughout the month the Chicago Wolves were committed to helping draw attention to epilepsy, and inform their fans about what this condition means for those who suffer from it.
Some in the Wolves family have experienced first-hand what challenges, and tragedies, epilepsy can bring. General manager Wendell Young’s 22-year-old son, Matthew, was diagnosed with epilepsy last summer. His family’s story appeared in the November issue of Breakaway.
At each home game in November, a Wendell Young item was auctioned with proceeds benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago.
Wolves right wing Mark Mancari experienced the ultimate loss as a teenager when his best friend died from epilepsy. He shared that story on ChicagoWolves.com.
In a show of support as the Wolves raised awareness about epilepsy, Heidenhein donated $500 to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago for each win the Wolves earned on the ice from Nov. 16 – 30.
Chicago Wolves right wing Mark Mancari was just a teenager when he left home in London, Ontario to travel to Ottawa and play for the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s. Despite the six hours separating his old and new residences, Mancari stayed close to his childhood best friend, Christian Kaiser. Which only made the phone call he got one afternoon all the more difficult to take.