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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.

purple-ribbon-150November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, a time to spread the world about a disorder that hits close to home for many.

The Chicago Wolves are 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 this summer. His family’s story will appear in the November issue of Breakaway.

At each home game this month, a Wendell Young item will be available for auction 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 shares that story later this month on ChicagoWolves.com.

In a show of support as the Wolves raise awareness about epilepsy, Heidenhein will donate $500 to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago for each win the Wolves earn on the ice from Nov. 16 – 30.

Please join us in spreading the word about Epilepsy Awareness this month.

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.

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He never expected it, but since Chicago Wolves general manager Wendell Young learned his son has epilepsy, his family has begun a new journey of education and diligence.

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