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Causes: Epilepsy, Health, Health Care, Public Health

Mission: The Epilepsy Services Foundation, Inc. is committed to creating a better future and environment for persons affected by epilepsy in West Central Florida, including children, teens, young adults and their families. The office is located in Tampa, FL.

Results: ESF trained over 58 volunteers to be mentors who can provide education and support to other parents and families affected by epilepsy. ESF provided 25 camp scholarships for children and teens to participate in a medically-supervised camp, Camp Boggy Creek. ESF provided 20 scholarships for families to attend one of three Epilepsy Family Retreat Weekends. ESF provided 3 scholarships for University of South Florida medical students and residents to continue their pursuit of neurology as a medical focus. ESF provided 5 scholarships for persons affected by 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, teens, young adults & their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 800-1,000 persons

Geographic areas served: West Central Florida: Hillsborough, Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando counties.

Programs: Information and Referral Education & Awareness Graces' Hope Hospital Visitation Program Support Groups Mentoring Project Access Emergency medications Fundraising Volunteer

Community Stories

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Epilepsy Services Foundation has played a very important role for my daughter. Through ESF my daughter has met wonderful young adults that like her, have epilepsy. She so enjoys when they all get together whether it's bowling, a bar-b-que at someone's home or one of the many wonderful events sponsored by ESF. I am so greatful for Epilepsy Services Foundation and all they do for those with epilepsy of all ages.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with nocturnal epilepsy. This was scary and confusing for me and my child. I did not know of any doctors who were good and would help me through this situation. But, when we found the Epilepsy foundation, the families who were already involved helped us find good doctors, and the foundation gave me and my son the support and knowledge that we needed to approach this diagnosis.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tom is amazing to work with! He is kind, compassionate, and a genuinely nice person. I can't say enough good things about him and this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is great. They look out for their people and they help us when we're in need . Tom is a great founder and he really makes sure that he knows who is involved in what and he doesn't just see us as a number . He really truly cares for us .

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter (young adult) is a fairly new diagnosis with seizures. When I learned of an opportunity to volunteer w/ a Camp for kids w/ Epilepsy and called in, I was surprised Tom himself answered the phone! He was very kind, helpful, offered suggestions and warmly invited us to join the Tampa support group as well as a newer diagnosed info group - it was educational! Tom has been very supportive, genuine and truly cares about these young adults :) My goal was to get my daughter involved with young adults dealing with similar things who also operated on a higher level with college and employment - we've been pleased with the short time we've been involved and look forward to future gatherings!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Began working as a volunteer to help raise funds for the Epilepsy Foundation this year as part of a professional association. Had no idea of the extent of the need or services offered through this worthy organization. What is particularly enjoyable is the culture of service and how thankful the Foundations is for even the smallest effort on their behalf.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience with ESF has been an incredible journey so far. We live in Orlando where there is not a whole lot of Epilepsy-support resources as there are in Tampa, so we really appreciated being accepted at ESF-Tampa the way that we have been. Tom Orth has provided us with a wealth of information to be able to help our 14-year-old as much as possible. We have attended fundraisers, seminars and will be attending the Family Retreat at the end of April that we are so looking forward to, and have Tom and Sande Van Hook to thank for all their help in offering up these options for us, and our family. Thank you !

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization. I've seen first hand all the help it's provided to a close friend who lost her son to epilepsy.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the opportunity to observe Epilepsy Services Foundation as a part of their partnership with the Tampa local of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA-Tampa) through our joint efforts together on a golf tournament.

Epilepsy Services Foundation provides a tremendous value and service to those suffering from Epilepsy or are a family member caring for those with Epilepsy. The work they do makes it easier for this group to have one week where they can be "normal." Epilepsy is becoming more and more common, and for an organization like Epilepsy Services Foundation their work is needed throughout our community.

Thank you to Epilepsy Services Foundation for making our community a better place!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone at the foundation is so nice and friendly. They have done an amazing job at bringing awareness to epilepsy and ways to help!