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The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Epilepsy, Health

Mission: The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation grants comfort and hope to those affected by epilepsy through providing monitoring resources, vital information, and a safe haven for conversation and community. Our main goal is to raise awareness of SUDEP and to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families living with epilepsy. We raise funds to provide education about SUDEP and to provide seizure response dog grants and life-saving movement monitors that help to protect against SUDEP. We stay up-to-date on current trends in medical technology in order to be able to provide the most effective devices as they become available. We respect the value and quality of life of every person living with epilepsy. We are dedicated to providing opportunities that allow individuals and families greater independence, increased confidence, ability to enjoy social environments, and community understanding.

Results: as of July 2017, we have provided 102 grants for seizure-response dogs and over 340 life-saving movement monitors for those in need.

Target demographics: Anyone who lives with seizures.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 75-100

Geographic areas served: We provide to help to all 50 States.

Programs: SUDEP Awareness, Seizure-Response Dog Grants, Emfit Monitors, SAMiAlert Monitors, SmartWatch Monitors.

Community Stories

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Chelsea Hutchinson foundation has helped many families and children that suffer from seizures in honor of her own daughter. My daughter has dravet syndrome and we have found a lot of support from other families united from this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

How do you start to explain the amazing experience this non-profit provides? I love the fact that this is a small but passion driven foundation. Every bit of the founders, board and volunteers goes into this work. Not one person takes a salary, every minute, every dollar goes to helping those in need. The community that this group creates is life changing. I do not have a family member that has epilepsy but the education I have received is astounding and knowing each minute worked and each dollar donated is literally going to save a life is priceless! Julie (the founder) is truly an inspiration!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Chelsea Hutchison foundation helped get my adult daughter the desperately needed seizure alert service dog she so badly needed. I cannot thank them enough. They truly help save lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization! My daughter has non-stop seizures at night. This organization provided seizure monitors to my daughter so we can monitor her at night. We were also granted a trip to Disneyland for Epilepsy Awareness Day last year. To say that this was life changing is an understatement. These guys are completely amazing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Celsea Hutchinson Foundation was there for my daughter when she was diagnosed with epilepsy. Desperate to find something to alert us of a seizure... I reached out to them. They responded that night. Were sympathetic to what my daughter and offered the support we were looking for. I'm so thankful for them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I call CHF the 'little engine that could.' They are local to the Denver area, and started out of their place of grief after losing their own daughter to SUDEP. How they could be strong enough to help anyone after losing a child, is beyond me, but they did!
When I found myself terrified that I would lose my son to Epilepsy, it was Julie Hutchison that helped me find the info, Dr.'s, alert monitors, & even a Service Dog Company to help keep my youngest son safe. I truly believe that had it not been for her help, that I would have lost him! It's still a daily battle for him, and I live in constant fear of what could happen, but am ever grateful for the SmartWatch, the trip to EADDL, and the shoulder to lean on when I was at the end of my rope. The Hutchison's are amazing people, and have changed our lives forever. Thank you seems so very inadequate for all they have done!

Stacy29

Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation assisted my son with an Emfit monitor that alerted us to two seizures that he had that would have likely cost him his life as he was sleeping face down at the time. They also assisted my son with fundraising efforts for a seizure alert service dog. Far beyond their help, they have offered our family genuine love, tenderness and caring keeping in touch with us throughout the years far beyond their gift of help. They have been true treasures in our life in every sense of those words. When things are hard they offer us conditional support, words of encouragement and unconditional understanding when times are rough. They celebrate our joys and acknowledge all that comes along with parenting a child with special needs. The Chelsea Hutchinson Foundation is every ounce an incredible blessing to all the lives and families that they touch.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Sometimes when you feel that all hope is lost, God sends you special people who enter your lives to remind you that you are loved and true help exists. Our son Noah suffered a global brain injury at birth and as a result is unable to sit, walk, talk, crawl or self-feed. We explored obtaining a service dog for him to assist him with mobility, stability and seizure response. Without even batting an eye, Julie was there for us sending us the gift of a grant to help provide Noah with a service dog, and she also gave us an Emfit monitor (something we didn't even know existed until she told us about it). A monitor that could detect if Noah had a seizure in the night so we could get to him right away to give him assistance. Out of of the tremendous great pain of losing her daughter Julie has turned her grief towards helping others in any way that she can. She has been our angel more than once. She is so genuine and has the biggest heart. We love her dearly for all that she has done for our family and countless of other families in the community.

Paula55

Client Served

Rating: 5

Several years ago my daughter, Jordan, was awarded a free trip to Disneyland from the CHF. It was a total surprise and a blessing of a lifetime. Jordan has Dravet Syndrome and has battled seizures her entire life. We are a one income family and I never could have afforded a trip like this on my own having Doug and Julie with us was both helpful and so comforting! God bless and multiply the good work you are doing!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fighting epilepsy every day is hard--watching your child suffer from seizures. The only thing more difficult is watching your children die from a seizures and working hard to do good to others and keeping their legacy ALIVE! Doug and Julie do just that and honor their daughter, Chelsea, by helping other families fighting the same fight they did. So thankful for organizations like The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation!! Here's to the good people in life!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

CHF is incredible! Truly the most giving and caring nonprofit I have ever known. My 6yr old has a seizure response service dog & best friend because of CHF. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for CHF! They are truly a blessing to our family and to so many families I personally know in our Epilepsy community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation is the hardest working most awesome foundation. They may be small but they are mighty determined. Not only by Providing movement monitors, smart watches and seizure response dogs, they work tirelessly to create a whole community that is available for support and comfort. They raise funds to send families to epilepsy awareness day and as a recipient pf this trip we can say it is totally life changing. The familes and friends we made will be for a lifetime.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Chelsea Hutchinson Foundation has been a blessing in many ways to our family! The fantastic SAMi Motion monitor the provided us with has been life changing for my whole family, not just our daughter Halle. Living in a small town Epilepsy and sudep are basically unheard of. Having a new community to reach out to and have the kind of support for my child and for myself has been amazing. Julie has inspired us to educate people, and do what we ca to give back to those just like us!

Client Served

Rating: 5

At the time, my 18 month old son had started having seizures with no explanation. They were occurring multiple times throughout the night & it was terrifying & impossible to sleep at night. Someone from the community mentioned the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation & possibly getting a monitor for his bed. After sending in information - it wasn't long before we received the Emfit monitor for him. It has alerted us numerous times of a seizure occurring & we couldn't be more grateful. He is now 2.5 & the monitor has been such a great relief for night time. Julie is absolutely amazing & dedicates a tremendous amount of time into the foundation & we are SO thankful!!!!

Les and Annie

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello,
I was the first person outside of the U.S.A. to receive a grant in principle from The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation. The grant was to assist in the training of my service dog. I respectfully turned down the offer of the draft as I felt there was a family in need more than myself.
I have been in very close contact with The CHF for over four years and I can say I do not know of any other organization as dedicated to their mission and they are.
Thank you
Les Landry - President - Respect the Service Dog.

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This foundation is the most giving foundation I know of.
I am in Canada, and that never stopped Julie Hutchison from encouraging me to apply for a Service Dog Training Grant
The dedication and loyalty Julie and Doug have for people needing help is beyond measure. Julie is an amazing person, and I am blessed to know her.
Thank you CHF...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CHF has been a God send to our family. We now have peace of mind at night. We have two sons with epilepsy, ages 24 and 18. The Sami Alert we were granted has not only educated others about recognizing seizure symptoms and first aid, it has also saved our son on more than one occasion. The video recording educated our friends, family AND his teachers. It also aided his doctor to see exactly how his seizure started and progressed. I have since referred CHF to several other families in need. We believe in it so much that friends chose CHF AS THEIR CHOSEN CHARITY for their recent lemonade stand. My son's swim team also held a swim-a-thon to raise $ for CHF. Top notch much needed group that helps families directly.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter began having seizures at age 11. For two years I struggled with balancing my career and her health. I ended up leaving my well paying job for one that was more flexible allowing time to care for her. I felt alone and financially strained. I couldn't sleep at night due to her seizures and fear of SUDEP. After finding Thr Chelsea Hutchinson Foundation and my daughter being a granted a monitor our lives have changed. We can now sleep at night with less anxiety. I have an incredible support group through CHF. At any time day or night there is always someone through the community available for support. We are blessed to have found a foundation as wonderful as CHF. We love the Hutchinson Family and their mission. I can't even imagine how many people have been saved by their good work. My daughter and my family are grateful to have them in our lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Julie online several years ago, then in person at my first STOMP walk 4 years ago. I am the recipient of a smart watch monitor and last year was awarded one of the wish trips to EADDL.

1 Jillian T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation is an amazing group of people. I am 34 years old and have had uncontrolled epilepsy for the past 14 years. I have been on many many different medications and 2 VNS surgeries. I have been on the ketogenic diet but still have many seizures each day. I finally agreed to get a seizure response dog but was unable to afford the enormous price tag. That's where the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation stepped in to help. I have now had Brody for over a month and not only is he responding but alerting as well. I could not ask for more. When I was at my lowest they stepped in and offered help. Thank you a million times over.

Kristi27

Client Served

Rating: 5

Julie helped me get a Sami monitor for my son who was having 100's of seizures a day. She is a very sweet lady who clearly has a heart to help people.

Epilady

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They helped me get a seizure monitor. It gives me amazing piece of mind and allowed me to sleep for the first time in years.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

Julie and the individuals at the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation were so giving and helpful. I have used their help and referred many individuals to them. They have treated everyone with such love and kindness. When all hope is lost they came to my rescue.

Medina R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Update on Chastity Medina we knew she was having lots of Sezures so we was blessed with a Sami cam through The Chelsea Hutchison foundation thank you .We did not know untill the Sami that Chastity was having multiples every night right around the same time odd I don't know but we saw 20 Sezures in 1 night we are traveling 3 hours to University of Miami to see A Nuro .

Logefeil J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for CHF I wouldn't be able to get the information that I needed to obtain my service dog.
It all started be a simple comment I made to one of CHF posts that was shared on Facebook.
CHF has been amazing to work with, I honestly can't say enough great thing about them.