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Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago

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Causes: Brain Disorders, Counseling, Epilepsy, Health, Mental Health, Public Health

Mission: The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

Target demographics: Individuals with epilepsy, their families, and their friends

Geographic areas served: Chicagoland and 43 northern and central Illinois counties

Programs: "Care and Counseling," "Parent Link," "Friends Helping Friends," "Advocacy Through Education," "Support Group Network," "Seizure Smart Diet," "Shining Stars," "Camp Blackhawk," "Studio E," "Interpretations Writing Initiative," "Community Epilepsy Clinics," "Operation Outreach," "Employment Services," and "Continuing Frontline Research"

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Epilepsy Foundation has been doing regular pick ups for us for about five years now. They have always come the day they commit to and the workers doing the pick ups have been really nice overall. We've had a great experience so far. A couple of times, I have called to check and make sure that they were coming that day for a pick up, and they were very nice about it, and the pick up was done that day. We will continue to donate to them!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago for all they do to support families with Epilepsy. If it wasn't for the Epilepsy Foundation we would have never been able to afford to send our son away for camp. Besides having Epilepsy our son has profound Autism and is non-verbal so they made accommodations to have a one-to-one aide with him at all times. This gave us peace of mind knowing he would be well cared for.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This group and its "independent incorporated affiliate" called Epilepsy Chicago or Friends of Epilepsy Foundation of Chicago have relentlessly harassed me and apparently thousands of others by making repeated phone calls, day and night, weekdays and weekends - Sunday night at 9:30! - and when asked to stop, first say that they are a non-profit and don't have to stop harassing phone calls - and then hang up. I have received dozens and dozens of phone calls from 630 812 2460 all identified as "Epilepsy Chicago" and they refuse to stop. Google the number and see the endless lists of complaints. No one should contribute to an organization that spends its money on phone banks endlessly calling non responsive non-donors. Poorly managed, totally indifferent to their effect on the general public.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware and then quite familiar with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago because of my daughter who has Epilepsy. She has volunteered there the past few years and they have been so welcomingly to her that it has impressed me to no end. From the moment I met everyone as well, they have made me feel right at home. Most important, they truly care about making everyone who has Epilepsy feel they can accomplish anything. Such a dedicated, awesome and caring group of people. Camp Blackhawk for kids is so rewarding-I get chills looking at how much fun the kids are having. They will bend overbackwards for all families and this is what makes the foundation a top notch group-we must find a cure!