Friday, March 22, 2013
Local baseball players will be showing their support during the next few days for two young people diagnosed with epilepsy.
Tuesday is “Purple Day for Epilepsy,” but locally the movement begins Saturday when the Georgetown High varsity team wears purple jerseys as they face Brookland-Cayce at Mike Johnson Park.
While the purple is in support of all with the disease, the local players will be honoring two of their biggest fans, 5-year-old Harrison “Gator Bite” Cameron and 8-year-old Hayden Williams. Because both names begin with H, the movement has been named H2.
Harrison’s mother, Kim, says after he was diagnosed, her family joined South Carolina Advocates For Epilepsy (SAFE).
“There were no local chapters at that time,” she said, so she began working with Karen Marie to launch a Grand Strand chapter.
Cameron said she received help from many people including Latasha Cribb Davis and Pamela Adams and a local travel baseball team — Bay City Gators — has been wearing purple sweatbands during their games. They are the ones who came up with Gator Bite as Harrison’s nickname.
“Harrison was the bat boy for the team and self-titled manager,” Cameron said.
She said after the wristbands were posted on Facebook, other teams requested them to show support.
“Georgetown has always been a ball town and the families are just that — families.
Hayden’s mother, Cindy, says her daughter was diagnosed at age 4.
The Kensington Elementary student underwent right frontal lobe resection on Dec. 18 at Duke University and was transferred to Lavine Childrens Hospital in Charlotte for rehab the day after Christmas. She was able to return home Jan. 15.
Hayden, whose nickname is “lightning,” has been attending outpatient therapy sessions twice a week at Next Step Pediatric Rehabilitation and has been seizure free since her surgery, Williams said.
Even though Hayden was unable to move her left arm prior to her surgery, she has recovered and will be throwing the first pitch at a Myrtle Beach Pelicans game April 7 which will benefit SAFE.
Her two brothers are baseball players who will proudly be wearing purple during their upcoming games. Drew Williams, 13, plays on the Georgetown B-team while Ryan, 17, plays on the varsity.
Cameron will throw the first pitch at at the JV Gray Softball game on Tuesday.
Williams said the purple shirts will also be worn on Tuesday by the JV Gray softball team, on Wednesday by the JV Blue softball team and next Friday by the B Team.
By Scott Harper