Mission: The Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona leads the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome challenges created by epilepsy.
Results: We spent a lot of time this year rehabilitating our statewide Support & Empowerment Groups and strengthening or relationships with Neurologists and Epileptologists in Arizona to reach more people in the epilepsy community. Our big success this year was increasing attendance at all of our events by 28 - 73%.
Target demographics: Anyone living with epilepsy, regardless of whether someone has it or someone in their life has it, you're living with epilepsy.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 11,500
Geographic areas served: State of Arizona
Programs: Operation Outreach, Camp Candlelight, First Responders Training, Dottie the Dalmation, Kids on the Block, Managing Students with Seizures, School Bus Seizure Training, Workplace Accommodations, H.O.P.E. Mentors, Youth Leadership Council, Seniors with Seizures, Take Charge of The Storm, Studio - E, EFAZ Cycling Team, Project E- Team
I was initially acquainted with the Epilepsy Foundation in 2010, when I had my first seizure. Up to that point, I wasn't even sure what epilepsy was, and I had no idea how to deal with it. The Epilepsy Foundation was quite helpful, friendly, and encouraging in getting me back to normal and teaching me more about the condition, as well as how to go about my daily life with it. Since then, I've taken the opportunity to work as a counselor at their summer camp, "Camp Candlelight", as well as volunteer in their office a couple times a week. They are a small organization, yes, and have limited resources to work with in assisting all who need assistance, but they are quite focused on their goals, very willing to help you. If you are interested in volunteering with this organization, I would strongly suggest it; you will always feel as if you are contributing to something larger, and the extra hands are definitely needed here.