Did You Know?

  • Epilepsy currently affects an estimated 3 million Americans.
  • In 70% of people with epilepsy, there is NO identifiable cause.
  • We offer prescription assistance for our clients
  • Epilepsy in America costs $15.5 billion a year.
  • Each year in the U.S., an estimated 200,000 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed.
  • People of all ages, races, and in all walks of life can develop Epilepsy.
  • Epilepsy is not contagious.
  • Epilepsy in not a mental illness.
  • In 40% of people with epilepsy, seizures persist despite treatment.
  • Epilepsy is more common than Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and Muscular Dystrophy combined.
  • Incorrect information, old-fashioned attitudes and myths about epilepsy are the greatest obstacles faced by those who have epilepsy.
  • When seizures are not controlled, epilepsy is a devastating, chronic disorder.
  • Are you part of a support group?  We offer support groups for individuals with epilepsy
  • 10% of American population will experience a seizure in their lifetime
  • 45,000 children under the age of 15 develop epilepsy every year.
  • Males are slightly more likely to develop epilepsy than females.
  • Epilepsy is defined as having recurrent (two or more), unprovoked seizures.
  • A resident of Tennessee must wait 6 months after his last seizure in order to regain his license to drive.
  • A “seizure disorder” and “epilepsy” are the same.
  • In our jurisdiction of 13 counties, approximately 14,555 people have a history of seizures.
  • 70% of children who are otherwise normal will outgrow epilepsy.
  • 40% of children outgrow absence seizures.
  • Children with absence epilepsy have I.Q. scores 10% higher than normal.
  • ½ of children with absence epilepsy will experience at least one tonic-clonic seizure.
  • Epilepsy can be expected to develop in 10 – 15% of children with mental retardation
  • Epilepsy can be expected to develop in 13% of children with cerebral palsy
  • Epilepsy can be expected to develop in up to 50% of children with mental retardation and cerebral palsy.
  • Epilepsy can be expected to develop in 8.7% of children whose mothers have epilepsy
  • Epilepsy can be expected to develop in 2.4% of children whose fathers have epilepsy
  • As many as 2/3 of children with epilepsy have some type of measurable learning problem.
  • As many as 1/3 of children with epilepsy require special education.
  • Approximately 2 out of every 100 adults in Tennessee have a history of seizures.

 


 

We've gone purple in honor of National Epilepsy Awareness Month!

 

THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW!!!

 

 

We are at Leroy Massey Elementary School today for #epilepsy Day. Thank you to Tiphany Lembcke for making this possible today, and for speaking to the kids about your personal experiences! We've talked to 200 kids so far. 300 more to go!! Leroy Massey is #SeizureAware.

 

 

This past Sunday's "Epilepsy Day At The Zoo" was a HUGE success!!

 

 

Why do we say this?

 

Well...here are some of the numbers that point to the day's sucess.

 

53 - volunteers (WOW!!!)

 

                                                             501st - The 501st Legion incredible Star Wars characters

 

                       1 - huge collaboration with the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park

 

         375 - dollars raised to use for client services

 

                                    13 - hardworking CAP members

 

All of the numbers above are what helped to make our ZOO day a HUFE success!

But you know what the best part of the day was?

 

The individuals with epilepsy, who came up to us and said, "Thanks".

 

 

 

 

The #SEIZUREAWARE events keep on rolling...

 

 

Throughout the month of November, the Epilepsy Foundation Southeast Tennessee will feature various businesses, schools, non-profits, and individuals who are collaborating with us to help spread epilepsy education and awareness. 

Fresh n' Low of Fresh N Low in Cleveland not only provides healthy food at a low price, but they are also #seizureaware

 

 

 

 

McDonald United Methodist Church is #seizureaware

 

 Some of our partnerships are also geared to help raise money for the clients that the Epilepsy Foundation serves.  One such partnering business is B's Sweets.  Pictured below, is an official "Epilepsy Awareness Chocolate" that can be purchased throughout the month of November for $2.50.  $1 from each chocolate sell will go to beneift the Epilepsy Foundation.  

 

 

In honor of National Epilepsy Awareness Month, and in support of local small-businesses, we are partnering with Velo Coffee Roasters throughout November! Stop by VELO, pick up your coffee, and purchase a scone. A portion of each sale supports the our fight against epilepsy! VELO is #seizureaware

 

 

                   This special scones are made by our good friend                               Briane Hager of B's Sweets

 

 

 

 

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  All of our services are free to our clients, and we depend heavily on donations.

 

 

 

Remember, the FLING is coming soon! 

 

 

 

Did you know that you can make your end-of-year donation to the Epilepsy Foundation?  You can do this via personal donation and/or by sponsoring our "Chocolate Fling"

 

Contact us to find out how!

 

A copy of our "Chocolate Fling 2015" sponsorship letter can be e-mailed to you by clicking...

 

HERE

 

 

 

 

Our services include an active Support Group.  In this picture, our support group took part in a Chattanooga Lookouts game

 

  

 

Counties served:

Bledsoe McMinn
Bradley Meigs
Catoosa Polk
Dade Rhea
Grundy Sequatchie
Hamilton Walker
Marion

 

 

Please stay a while, and check out our available resources, who we are, and what is  happening.

 

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