Mighty Mike Simmel, whom you might recognize from the Harlem Wizards basketball team, epilepsyUSA's article titled Unlikely Superhero, from his work with Kids Speak Up, or from his work with the New Jersey affiliate, is out working for epilepsy awareness yet again!!
Mike has co-written an empowering story to help kids learn to live comfortably with their epilepsy and to take control of their life. The book titled Mighty Mike Bounces Back is based off of Mike's own life. Simmel describes the book as "my story mixed with a bit of fun!"
The main character, also named Mike, uses his love and talent for basketball to overcome his worries and be courageous in the face of obstacles, including his epilepsy. Simmel describes the book as a children's story with an element of self-help. The book is geared for children ages 8-13 and hopes to show them they can accomplish anytime despite whatever challenges they face.
"Mighty Mike Bounces Back is both informational and entertaining. It explains simply, yet realistically, the perspective of a person growing up with epilepsy. 'Mighty Mike' shows young people better ways to think about inevitable challenges and how to confront difficult situations." --Eric M. Joice, Executive Director, Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey
Not only is this book interesting, fun, and motivation-- it is educational, too. Mike included a guide for dealing with epilepsy, information on the types of epilepsy, and information on what to do if someone has a seizure.
Mighty Mike Bounces Back is available for purchase from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Mike Simmel ("Mighty Mike") is a Professional Show Basketball player with the Harlem Wizards entertainment basketball team since 2001.He is also one of three million Americans living with epilepsy and started The Bounce Out the Stigma Project, Inc a non-profit headlined by its summer basketball camps for children with disabilities.Mike, a national spokesperson for epilepsy awareness, is the winner of the 2009 TOYA (Ten Outstanding Young Americans) Award given by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce. For more information on Mike, visit www.mightymikebasketball.com