Mission: The Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.
Results: Since 1973, the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona has been dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy. The Foundation has developed public education programs that foster community awareness to improve the health care, and have made community support programs available to all persons affected by epilepsy free of charge.
Target demographics: Individuals affected by epilepsy
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 2,160 individuals with or affected by epilepsy
Geographic areas served: State of Arizona
Programs: Camp Candlelight, Seizure Smart Training, First Responders Training, Managing Students with Seizures, School Bus Seizure Training, Studio E: The Epilepsy Art Therapy Program, Support Groups, Teens SpeakUp!, Take Charge of the Storm, Share Your Story
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.