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Epilepsy Services Foundation, Inc.

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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 70 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 15 scholarships for families to attend one of two Epilepsy Family Retreat Weekends. ESF provided 2 scholarships for University of South Florida medical students and residents and 2 scholarships for nurses and healthcare professionals to continue their pursuit of neurology as a medical focus. ESF provided 4 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

117 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It is going on six years that I have been involved with this fine organization. The dedication and determination of its volunteers and board members are second to none. I have seen firsthand what a difference a group of caring people, working on behalf of a caring organization, can make in the community. As a parent of a child with epilepsy, I just want to thank Tom Orth and all the volunteers for their incredible perseverance and encourage anyone looking for education, assistance, or just someone to lean on, to consider ESF.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Epilepsy Services Foundation is an organization committed to funding valuable services to all those affected by Epilepsy. The organization raises funds through golf tournaments, an annual "Hare Race", Live Music Series, BBQ ribs for kids and more. Through the funds raised by ESF, people are given the opportunity to continue their education; both those directly impacted by Epilepsy and those looking for ways to help those affected with Epilepsy. Every year through grants given by ESF, kids are given the opportunity to attend Camp Boggy Creek. At this camp, kids with Epilepsy are allowed to be around other kids with Epilepsy and are given the chance to feel "normal". I ask you to visit their website and see for yourself the great experience this offers. For years, Epilepsy Services Foundation has proven to be a strong member of the Tampa Bay area. With the guidance and direction of the Executive Directo, Tom Orth, ESF remains at the forefront of reputable and honorable organizations.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is one of the finest groups of people that I have worked with...the passion to help others is paralleled by none. By treating patients with epilepsy, I came to see more activity and assistance for those in need than any other support agency I know. The grass-roots approach of caring, and the cost-effectiveness with the case-management program should be a model applied on a large-scale to PWE to help advance our current outcomes based goals. It is a pleasure and privilege to have worked with this great team of dedicated professionals.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a proud parent of a young adult who has lived with the daily challenges of refractory epilepsy since early childhood. In addition, I have had the honor and privilege to work as an active board member, both local and state wide, with the executive director of Epilepsy Services Foundation, Inc. I have witnessed the good work this organization does. This is a grassroots Foundation created, run, and governed by persons affected by epilepsy; a caring and dedicated organization that has the commitment to improve the lives of all persons served through a variety of quality programs. As a donor and accountable board member,I can state with confidence that the gifts this Foundation receives are returned to the community so that persons affected by epilepsy can receive services that may not otherwise be possible. Linda Landreth-Harris Niceville, Florida