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Causes: Brain Disorders, Counseling, Epilepsy, Health, Mental Health, Public Health

Mission: The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

Target demographics: Individuals with epilepsy, their families, and their friends

Geographic areas served: Chicagoland and 43 northern and central Illinois counties

Programs: "Care and Counseling," "Parent Link," "Friends Helping Friends," "Advocacy Through Education," "Support Group Network," "Seizure Smart Diet," "Shining Stars," "Camp Blackhawk," "Studio E," "Interpretations Writing Initiative," "Community Epilepsy Clinics," "Operation Outreach," "Employment Services," and "Continuing Frontline Research"

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Epilepsy Foundation has been doing regular pick ups for us for about five years now. They have always come the day they commit to and the workers doing the pick ups have been really nice overall. We've had a great experience so far. A couple of times, I have called to check and make sure that they were coming that day for a pick up, and they were very nice about it, and the pick up was done that day. We will continue to donate to them!

Gregg R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the EFGC they help me Spread HOPE Helping Other People with Epilepsy as one who got lucky and became seizure free 5 years ago after having a Left Frontal Lobectomy at Tampa General Hospital. I then was able to come to this are a and go back to work again, soon after I got the Governor of Illinois to make November Epilepsy Awareness Month Officially. Soon after Kurt Florian of the Foundation came to meet me and hear my story. I then got together with the Northwest Suburban Community Action Board and began doing lots of Volunteer work with them and the Foundation. Since then each year I have made it my mission to continue keeping November officially Epilepsy Awareness Month. So Far it has been the case and again this November we are Officially pushing Purple Awareness to all!

Gregg Rosenthal

Client Served

Rating: 5

EFGC help our family learn more about our son's condition and show him that he can live a full life without any fear. Our son has been seizure free for over 3 years now.

Donor

Rating: 5

Camp Blackhawk allows children with epilepsy go to summer camp for a week and be like any other child. The camp is free for every child!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Epilepsy Foundation for over 20 years. I am always amazed how caring and helpful the staff members are to the individuals that they serve. The Foundation offers so many programs to a wide variety of people living with epilepsy. I have attend Camp Blackhawk as a volunteer for several years and enjoy watching the children who are attending the camp participate in so many actitvies that they may not otherwise be able to participate. It is an outstanding way for children living with epilepsy to attend camp in a safe environment for them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The programs and services provided by the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago are extraordinary. The Epilepsy Foundation helps people with epilepsy, their families and supporters overcome the challenges of seizures. This organization makes such a difference that I wanted to work for it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago has been a huge support to our family. Our son was diagnosed with Epilepsy in Februrary of 2014 when he was 8 years old. I elected no cost seizure recognition and response training for our school staff as well as student seizure education. We have also benefited from educational advocacy during IEP meetings and accommodation requests, clinical scheduling for new doctor visits and family/caretaker seizure recognition/response training. I have been a member of a community action board "CAB" in the northwest suburbs as part of the foundation since 2014.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization! A great community. Thankful for camp Blackhawk.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is absolutely AMAZING!!! Because of them my daughter who was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 9 has grown into a confident 21 year old senior in college majoring in Social work. She also has recently got her drivers license and first car. Camp Blackhawk, teen groups seminars anything you need are provided at no cost. They are the kindest, most professional non profit group I have ever known!!! Thanks Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with Epilepsy 8 years ago as a breadwinning working mother of two children under the age of 3. It ended what was a successful career and landed me back in Chicago where I grew up, dealing with an uphill professional battle I never imagined. The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago worked to help me make professional contacts that changed the outlook for me, all while making sure I knew I had their support with my health as well. I was introduced to what is now my boss and employer thanks to EFGC and I will soon be running the Chicago marathon to raise as much as possible to show my appreciation. I can never thank the team enough!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago for all they do to support families with Epilepsy. If it wasn't for the Epilepsy Foundation we would have never been able to afford to send our son away for camp. Besides having Epilepsy our son has profound Autism and is non-verbal so they made accommodations to have a one-to-one aide with him at all times. This gave us peace of mind knowing he would be well cared for.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The foundation has been there for my family, as my daughter was diagnosed at age 7 with epilepsy. They have been there to help get her help at school, have meetings for parents for support, have fun trips for the kids and the camp for my daughter, which i never thought i would be able to send her anywhere without me. They are definitely wonderful in all they do for everyone!