After a decade-long battle with intractable seizures stemming from a traumatic brain injury, Meg Busing knows all about the trials and tribulations of living with epilepsy.
As a nurse, mother and former camp counselor, she also knows the transformative power of community — and how a summer camp experience can provide that kind of community.
Meg spent her college summers volunteering at a California camp for kids with cancer and their siblings. Seeing what an amazing impact it had on kids affected by chronic illness, she made it her mission to bring that life-affirming experience to children with epilepsy throughout the Midwest.
Meg founded Camp YouCan with her husband Kael in 2011 — the first and only camp of its kind in Nebraska. See more about the founding of camp at TEDX Omaha 2018
People with epilepsy know their disorder isn’t just physical — the effects are mental and emotional as well. Far too often, we’re counted out of activities that many people take for granted, and feelings of anxiety or isolation can take their toll.
At the Midwest YouCan Foundation, we combat these challenges through empowerment — celebrating all the amazing things we can do. Through recreation, community building and a culture of inclusion, we’re helping people with epilepsy strengthen their self-confidence, explore their independence, develop meaningful relationships and enjoy a higher quality of life.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Meg Busing, RN, BSN
Camp YouCan Director
Elementary School Counselor,
Omaha Public Schools
Senior Psychiatry Account Manager,
LeBron Paige, MD
Director of Epilepsy Program,
UT Erlanger Neurology
Vice President of Human Resources, Quality Living, Inc.
Lauren Harris, CPA