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Nonprofit Overview

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

11 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!

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.

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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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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The EFGC has made such a positive impact on my family. From helpful web resources, to informative workshops for educators and caregivers, to knowledgable and helpful staff members, EFGC is the best!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago has been a great resource for our family and offers amazing services and events.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My first Nuerologist I talked to about my seizures told me to live with it without a diagnosis. Still not sure about that being a diagnosis I called the epilepsy foundation and the director picked up the phone and most importantly LISTENED to my story and agreed it wasn't a diagnosis. She gave me a list of hospitals with specialized care in treating epilepsy. I am currently under the care of a great Nuerologist and working on a plan to help take care of me! All this happened because the foundation listened and helped with a solution. I don't want to think where I would be without them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son attended Camp Blackhawk which was amazing for him, and all other kids with epilepsy! This foundation offers so many support activities for both children and their families.