Team Eli looks to make a difference one dime at a time
Otsego County (WBPN/WGTU) —
Eli Bigelow stands in his Grandma's yard on North Ohio Street in Gaylord and can't help but be enthusiastic for what's piling up.
Right there next to a homemade sign, are bags of empty pop cans. Each one gets him one dime closer to his goal. As he tears into each stuffed garbage bag, he proclaims, "it's like a big sack of Christmas presents, look at all these pop cans!"
Eli is collecting cans for the Michigan Epilepsy Foundation. It's all part of an effort by a nine-year-old boy to make a difference for families just like his.
When little Eli was just four months old according to his mom, Becky, "he had his first seizure and it was a big one. He actually had a grand mal seizure and seized for over two hours. He was airlifted to Grand Rapids and that was our wonderful introduction to the world of Epilepsy."
Since that first seizure, Becky has relied on the Foundation for education and support.
It's help her turn her fear into something positive. Now Becky, Eli and her family and friends are preparing to the next step in finding that positive. On May 20, Team Eli will head to Midland to take part in The Annual Summer Stroll. It's event that raises awareness and funds for the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan.
Team Eli has a goal of raising $2,000 for the walk. They're doing it thanks to Eli's can drive. They are doing it one dime at a time.
If you would like to drop off cans just look for the handmade sign in the yard on North Ohio Street in Gaylord. If you would like to donate to TEAM ELI through his website, click here.