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350 Jerseys 4 Hope: Monmouth man battles epilepsy through college basketball

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Social media has lots of a good and some bad qualities, but this story is nothing but net.

A Monmouth man has used Twitter to assist in his personal battle with epilepsy, racking college basketball jerseys for awareness and hope with each ring of his doorbell. 

Bryan Black seems to live at a hub for the parcel delivery men and women in Monmouth. 

“Sometimes I’ll get the trifecta of UPS, FedEx and the postal service all in one day,” said Black. 

The 32-year-old University of Oregon alum is a happily married father of three. 

“There’s times when I am somewhat incapacitated and can't take care of the kids properly. Like, my kids will say, ‘Daddy's brain hurts,’” he said. 

Black lives with epilepsy.

“2008 was when I started having the partial seizures where I kind of lose the ability to process language and math … so that’s been a regular thing, several times a day ever since,” Black said. 

Not taking anything in life for granted, Black has found the college basketball season helps subside his epileptic episodes.

“What I noticed from November through early April … my amount of seizures I have drop significantly during those months by half or so,” he said. 

It’s just a shame March Madness can’t be year-round.

“My seizures are stress-related almost assuredly and I have had a neuropsychological examination earlier this year that really backed up a lot of those theories,” said Black. 

In order to share what he was going through, Black started the Twitter account @350jerseys4hope, reaching out to every Division I basketball school to connect his story to others living with the disorder. 

“I have this connection to college athletics and especially to college basketball where I can just focus on all of it and in doing that, it creates this comfort and relaxation for me,” he said. 

Eastern Washington's jersey was the first to arrive and hundreds of others have followed since April.

“Yale got in before Harvard so that is probably going to make them a little bit miffed,” said Black. 

The collection grows day by day. 

“This one is just something else. Especially from Oregon, my alma mater,” Black said. 

But it’s all love in the Beaver State.

“I was kind of surprised. I think they knew I was a Duck,” said Black as he held up an Oregon State jersey. 

From a Hall of Famer in the Big East to personalized videos and handwritten letters, calming the triggers of his epileptic seizures has been a slam dunk to the man who will have brain surgery at the end of the year. 

“This has really made a lot of those negative, worrisome thoughts of mine be a little bit less burdensome so I am really grateful to these schools for helping with my spirits,” said Black. “Not only that, but helping me spread the message of epilepsy that one in 26 people deal with this condition.”

He added, “Helping other people, bringing them along on this journey has really meant so much and it kind of keeps me going every day.”

The prognosis on Black’s impending brain surgery is about 50 to 80 percent that it will be corrected. You can follow his journey on Twitter at @350jerseys4hope

FOX 12 was there for the delivery of jerseys No. 147, 148 and 149. 

Black’s dream is to one day travel to every university that has lifted his spirits and speak on campus about living with epilepsy. 

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