Epilepsy Services Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 4.99 stars   75 reviews

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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 was referred to esf by another parent and I am so happy with the resource. I explained my son, 23, needed to find a support group. He said he knew there was a need and a year later, we have a group of 12 that keeps growing. We have met so many wonderful, supportive people through esf!

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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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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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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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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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Once I had received an initial diagnosis of Epilepsy from the USF Department of Neurology, I was lost. I had attempted on several occasions to find support on my own, but unfortunately without success. There were several reasons for this, inclusive of an inability to connect with patients like myself: adults who were suffering from epilepsy. Many of the epilepsy patients I originally met were children, under the age of 18, many suffering from Grand Mal seizures and in the care of parents. I, unfortunately, could not connect with them, their problems relating to the type of seizure I suffer from, as well as the social issues attached to it. The Epilepsy Services Foundation offered a viewpoint I had not seen before. It took a one on one approach to me, asking questions, both about my medical problems and issues as well as my personal life and social struggles. They proceeded to connect me with several doctors who took me in, and directed a "fix it" approach to my illness. In addition, Epilepsy Services Foundation also connected me with several support groups, and proceeded to keep me informed on a regular basis in regards to informative seminars and events throughout the Tampa Bay area. It has now been 8 years, and several surgeries later. I am unfortunately still a seizure patient. However, I am also still being kept up to date on changes in the area regarding informational events, seminars and socials that allow me to learn, grow and connect with professionals as well as patients like myself. Epilepsy Services Foundation is an excellent program from my perspective: that of a seizure patient. I am glad for, and appreciative of, the opportunities they continue to present to me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create more options for support group meetings...perhaps on a Saturday.

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Via USF Epilepsy Department

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