Mighty Mike Bounces Back
September 16, 2011
Mighty Mike Simmel, whom you might recognize from the Harlem Wizards basketball team, is out working for epilepsy awareness yet again!! We featured him recently in an epilepsyUSA's article titled Unlikely Superhero, because of his work with Kids Speak Up and his work with the New Jersey affiliate.
Mike is now back and 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 shows them they can accomplish anything despite whatever challenges they face.
"Mighty Mike Bounces Back is both informational and entertaining," said Eric M. Joice, Executive Director, Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey. "It explains simply, yet realistically, the perspective of a person growing up with epilepsy and to think about inevitable challenges and how to confront difficult situations."
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. you can view a promotional video about the book here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksGQiX0Futo
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.