Ex-Bear to speak about epilepsy in Frankfort
September 9, 2013 7:32PM
Updated: September 9, 2013 7:32PM
Coaches, parents and youth who play sports are invited to hear former Bears linebacker Joey LaRocque speak about epilepsy and contact sports from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Dancing Marlin Restaurant, 20590 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by the Epilepsy Warriors Foundation, a nonprofit that is raising money to create an epilepsy resource center and provide support for families.
Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder in which the nerve cell activity in one’s brain is disturbed, causing a seizure during which one experiences abnormal behavior, symptoms and sensations, including loss of consciousness, according to mayoclinic.com.
LaRocque, a member of the foundation’s executive board, will discuss the importance of safety and protecting your head from injury, said Susan Noble, who founded the organization. Epilepsy can be caused by head trauma, which can occur not just in sports but in accidents, she said.
“With all that is going on in the NFL (National Football League), we want to see as many kids and parents as possible,” Noble said, referring to injuries suffered by professional players.
Those interested in attending should respond by Sept. 11 to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (239) 233-2205. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.
Noble, formerly of South Holland, who has epilepsy in her family, said she started a Facebook page and “didn’t realize there were so many people out there” who needed help and support, so she launched the Epilepsy Warriors Foundation.
Her goal is to raise money to open an epilepsy resource center at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Parents of children with epilepsy and other special needs need help dealing with schools and understanding the medications, Noble said.
“This will be a place to come and meet other parents who are walking the same journey,” she said.
The event is co-hosted by Kristin Schoon, owner of Lil Surprises in Frankfort.