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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 58 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 20 scholarships for families to attend one of three Epilepsy Family Retreat Weekends. ESF provided 3 scholarships for University of South Florida medical students and residents to continue their pursuit of neurology as a medical focus. ESF provided 5 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

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I have been working with the ESF team over five years now, primarily on an annual fundraiser, Septembeerfest, held at my place of business, Southern Brewing & Winemaking. The individuals who represent this organization are extremely passionate about bettering the lives of people with epilepsy! Their passion is reflected in their every action and is contagious to those they touch. They win the hearts and commitment of numerous dedicated volunteers and businesses who donate their time and goods to Septembeerfest.....and, I believe it's their passion that draws the crowds to the event! Out of my 25 plus years of volunteering for various non-profit organizations, the volunteers and staff of ESF are the most dedicated, hard working and reliable group I've ever worked with. I hope to see this event continue on for years to come!



Rating: 5

My husband has been living with epilepsy for 20 years. ESF does a wonderful job of bringing awareness and support to the epilepsy community of the Tampa Bay area. Tom and his staff are amazing. They truly care about the people they serve and they continue to bring joy to so many families. We are honored to volunteer at ESF events and help support them in any way we can. We are blessed to have ESF in Tampa.



Rating: 5

The Epilepsy Services Foundation is an organization I am willing to contribute to. The have a very small staff and a large number of volunteers who are dedicated to the children and families needing help. The staff and volunteers go out to the community to provide education and awareness programs about epilepsy. They mentor volunteers and encourage them to meet with the newly diagnosed children with epilepsy and their families to give them support and to provide information about epilepsy. They also do fundraising for a number of programs, one of which is the camp program that sends kids with epilepsy to a camp that cares for the needs of kids with a chronic condition. The camp is Camp Boggy Creek.