Slap Out Epilepsy

Julia Higgins, 12, (L) with her cousin New York Ranger Chrid Krieder

READING - Local youth hockey players are invited to join Reading resident Julia Higgins on June 22nd, for the 2nd Annual Slap Out Epilepsy hockey clinic, for players ages 7-15 (all levels).  Joining Julia, age 12, will be her cousin, NY Ranger Chris Kreider, and her mentor, Olympian Chanda Gunn (along with many of their “friends”!). The event will raise money to support the Epilepsy Foundation New England and will be held at the Phillips Academy rinks in Andover from 9 a.m. until Noon. The whole idea of launching the fund raiser “Slap Out Epilepsy” began over Thanksgiving Dinner two years ago at Chris Kreider’s home in Connecticut. Julia’s mom Pamela, dad Tim, and older sister Caroline were all there along with Chris. As you would suspect, the subject of hockey and epilepsy naturally came up and what could be done to speed its cure. After some discussion, it was decided to launch a fund raiser and “Slap Out Epilepsy” was born. The idea itself came from the cousins…Caroline, Julia and Chris.  Julia was diagnosed with epilepsy in April 2016 in the midst of squirt hockey playoffs.  Since then, each day is different, some more of a struggle than others, yet she never gives in.  Chanda Gunn shares a similar story and similar passions.  Chanda has served many roles, as a former US Olympic goalie, Northeastern University standout, epilepsy warrior, mentor and advocate.  Currently, Chanda leads the Young Leaders Network of the Epilepsy Foundation New England, working diligently to empower kids like Julia to take control of the hand they’ve been dealt and fight!  What better way to show support than on the ice! The clinic will be run by Chris (who will be playing for Team USA in the Men's World Championship in May), Chanda, other NHL Professionals like Charlie McAvoy, WNHL Players and Olympians (announcements coming soon and we are very excited!), Smart Light Sports, along with select, high school and college coaches and players.  Attendance at the clinic includes:- Practice Jersey- 5 Raffle tickets (more can be purchased day of)- Motivational speakers- On-ice skills stations with Professionals, Olympians and local select, high school and college coaches and players- Picture and autograph opportunities with Professionals and Olympians- NHL style skills competition - Snacks and drinks In addition, there will be a one hour session from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for special hockey, sled hockey and open skate for those not interesting or able to participate in a traditional clinic setting. The Higgins family is asking for a donation of $126 for the 3-hour clinic and $26 for the 1-hour session.  The cost represents the approximately 1 in 26 people in the United States who will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.  EVERY CENT raised will go to the Epilepsy Foundation New England to support the amazing work Space is limited.The link to sign up is https://www.classy.org/event/2019-slap-out-epilepsy/e230979. Also, like our Facebook page for future updates and announcements.  Slap Out Epilepsy Hockey Clinic  

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