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Causes: Epilepsy, Health

Mission: "Dedicated to improving the quality of life for persons affected by epilepsy."

Results: We have our own building and clinic that was donated to us saving money that would go to rent going to services! We have a new EEG laboratory saving costs doing them ourselves. We have also created a worldwide online support community and epilepsy education/information site - www.EpilepsyU.com reaching close to a million people around the globe each month. Our newest venture is into epilepsy awareness and social enterprise to support our programs and services, an online store - www.EpilepsyStore.com

Target demographics: Individuals, families and children affected by epilepsy/seizures. Service Area: Central Florida - Orange, Seminole, Osceola nd Brevard counties.

Direct beneficiaries per year: EACF averages nearly 500 active clients per month and reaches millions more with epilepsy educational programs.

Geographic areas served: With offices in Orlando and Melbourne Florida we serve Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Brevard Counties.

Programs: Epilepsy Clinics Epilepsy Diagnostics Case Management Support Groups Epilepsy Prevention and Education Programs Shaken Baby Education and Prevention Programs www.EpilepsyU.com - a worldwide epilepsy news and support community, and, www.EpilepsyStore .com for epilepsy awareness products.

Community Stories

72 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Always happy to serve this excellent organization as a board member!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a board member for the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida and also have a family member with epilepsy. The association does a tremendous job at connecting those afflicted with epilepsy with resources and information they might not have access to otherwise. Some of the best resources are Epilepsy U, case management services, and the association's connections with some of the best neurologists around; all of which benefit clients. The Epilepsy Association of Central Florida also provides clients with a support system. This support is critical for what is still a highly stigmatized condition. Ultimately the support and resources provided make for a very special organization that I am honored to be a part of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Epilepsy Association of Central Florida has been an exemplary organization for over 50 years. It has serviced clients and supported families, disbursed information and always been above reproach. The organization has had only two executive directors, the founder, Merle Evanchyck now has a scholarship named in her honor for students who have been impacted by epilepsy. Chuck Carmen, the present executive director is as dedicated as Ms. Evanchyck was and carries on. The needs have expanded and the support is challenging but the dedication is strong and the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida continues the good work. Epilepsy U is a reliable source on the web for all who need information. Sincerely, Saundra Gray


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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Epilepsy Association of Central Florida has been helping families impacted by epilepsy for over 50 years. The association has only had two executive directors, founder Merle Evanchyck and current director, Charles (Chuck) Carmen. The dedication of the directors and the loyalty of board members and supporters, demonstrates the confidence people have in the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida. The mission has gone world wide through Epilepsy U, an online information source available to anyone needing information. This organization addresses needs at the source, the patients and families that need help and support. Saundra Gray

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EACF is a wonderful agency with hands on help for children and adults with epilepsy. They provide support with medications, appointments, EEG's as well as support groups and counseling. They provide education to the schools and organizations interested in learning more about seizure disorders. They raise money to help the children and have activities free for the kids. They have a scholarship fund for the kids and a foundation for special needs. Great people!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've known of this non-profit for a few years now and also the people who work there. I've seen them in action and am very impressed with their skill set and interpersonal skills. I support the epilepsy association of Central Florida.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The EACF provides excellent, much needed services to fortunate clients all across the Central Florida area. My wife and I always look forward to their Brevard County epilepsy walk each Halloween! The costumes are always the best! After getting to know several of the board members, staff, and volunteers, I can confidently confirm that EACF is a great organization, with a stellar crew!!!! Keep up the great work team!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being someone who suffers from Epilepsy. I understand the fear of not knowing what is going on with your health and not knowing how to solve these issues. Having an organization that helps support those who are suffering is truly inspirational. Whether it is raising money to help in research or just supporting diagnosed patients and their families through this uncertain time the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida Inc. stands as a pillar of strength in our community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Epilepsy Association of Central Florida does a great job putting together events for those impacted by epilepsy. These events are an opportunity for those to meet others who share the same experiences in a fun and relaxed environment (away from doctors and nurses). The relationship we have formed with the Epilepsy Association would not be possible if it wasn't for the great people there.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Epilepsy Association of Central Florida is there every day for persons with epilepsy and their families. They, and the wonderful work they do, are so greatly appreciated!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Epilepsy Association of Central Florida is a prime example of what you would hope to find with all nonprofits, they understand and are committed to their core objective of supporting Floridians living with epilepsy and advocating for epilepsy patients in both the community and public policy arenas. The organization is very fortunate to have a top notch Executive Director who capably juggles the many hats he is asked to wear! One where I have the opportunity to collaborate with him is in the public policy arena advocating for patient access to care related issues. Chuck is always the first to lean in and provide leadership and focus to what can be a chaotic process working with the Florida legislature. We admire and appreciate his passion and commitment to the Association!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Long running charity with a significant community outreach(sports arenas, e.g. Solar Bears hockey at the Amway Center, cooperating with other groups, e.g BSA) who has stood the test of time and continues to thrive

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Outstanding service to an underserved, needy population in Central Florida. Have a long history of helping the community

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