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Epilepsy Services Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 4.98 stars   66 reviews 4,681

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4628 North Armenia Avenue Tampa FL 33603-2706 USA


The Epilepsy Services Foundation, Inc. is committed to creating a better future and environment for persons affected by epilepsy in West Central Florida. The office is located in Tampa, FL.


ESF trained 32 mentors who can provide education and support to other parents, families and children affected by epilepsy. ESF trained 18 volunteers to meet with families of newly diagnosed children with epilepsy at the St. Joseph Children's Hospital ESFprovided 22 camp scholarships and 10 scholarships for families to attend a family weekend retreat. ESF provided 4 scholarships for University of South Florida medical students and residents to continue their pursuit of neurology as a medical focus. ESF provided 3 scholarships for 3 persons with epilepsy to pursue their college degrees. ESF provided numerous epilepsy education programs to students, teachers, childcare workers and nurses in West Central Florida.

Target demographics:

Persons affected by epilepsy, primarily children & families

Direct beneficiaries per year:

800-1,000 persons

Geographic areas served:

West Central Florida: Hillsborough, Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Sumter, Citrus.


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Rating: 5 stars  

I can begin to tell you how hard it is to believe that someone one in your family has epilepsy and really not even know what it is amongst all the other tragedies that are out there. Until my wife and I got the number of the ESF foundation of Tampa Bay and our granddaughter lives in Missouri, but Tom Orth, Sandy VanHook have been the wealth of knowledge and support anyone could have. They have provided us with more info and ideas and just general knowledge that has helps us help our kids help our granddaughter, we can say enough about them. They are always will to do whatever, even if its just to listen.

Jeff Burke

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Rating: 5 stars  

My Granddaughter was recently diagnosed with Epilepsy and I contact Tom @ ESF and he and his staff have given me so much of their time to help me understand what my son is facing and what my granddaughter is up against. They have been sounding board, they even met with my son & his family while they were visiting and gave them so much information that not even there doctor had shared with them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My 10 year old son was diagnosed this summer with epilepsy. Fortunately my family had done volunteer work with ESF over the past years and knew who to reach out to. We knew we had a family thru them and the support we would need to help us get through this. It helps to know that we are not alone. Knowing that we have trusted friends, families and the many wonderful people that volunteer at ESF here for us has made this transition of living with epilepsy so much easier for our son and the rest of our family. Being a part of this organization is such a blessing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son was diagnosed at 14 with seizures and from the outset, the support we have had from the ESF has been incredible. They are not only a source of information but we really feel they care, and go above and beyond my expectations. It is so reassuring to know that there is an organization out there that can guide, support, and help us not only as a family, but as individuals too.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work collaboratively with this organization to help provide free retreat weekends to the families ESF serves. They are very attentive to their clients needs and really listen. What a wonderful organization. I look forward to working with them in the future.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son was diagnosed with epilepsy at birth he started having seizures 7 hours after he was born he is now 3 years old. This is such an amazing group of people who go above and beyond for other.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was an epilepsy patient at the time about two or three years ago. I didn't know I had epilepsy until my mom saw one happen. For some reason my neurologist didn't suggest this foundation until a year or two into the process. After we found this opportunity it worked out well, it helped pay for eeg's either in the hospital, at the doctor;s office or at home. It helped me determine what type of seizure i had. My seizures were so small that nobody noticed them until my mom saw me had one.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best charity I've ever known. They actually provide services like health care. Other local charities seem to just provide information.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The epilepsy foundation has made a huge impact on my family. Four years ago I lost my brother who had epilepsy and because of this wonderful foundation we are able to send children who have epilepsy to camp every summer in my brothers' name. Tom Orth has been in contact with my mom since the beginning. He helped my parents get through so much. We appreciate everything he has done for my whole family.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Since 2005, it has been my profound pleasure to be involved with Tom Orth and the Epilepsy Services Foundation in Tampa, FL. With Tom's help 24/7, I was able to take my son, Joseph McElroy, to the best doctors. Tom always made himself available to attend these appointments with us. My son passed away on September 4, 2010, but the best part of his life was being introduced to Camp Boggy Creek through Tom. Joseph attended Camp Boggy Creek for two summers through the Epilepsy Services Foundation and all this was done at no charge to us. No words can describe all that Tom and the Epilepsy Services Foundation did for Joseph and my family. Tom still remains in contact with us and we are forever grateful. Tom and the Foundation have superbly exceeded our expectations and are truly worthy of remaining on the Nonprofits 2014 Top-Rated List.


Roseanne Marchesiello-Prusher

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