THE EFGC SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

There are currently two scholarships, the Jim Davies Scholarship and the Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship being offered to incoming freshmen who are living with epilepsy and pursuing higher education for the 2014/2015 school year. There is also the Berner Scholarship for Students with Epilepsy being offered to incoming freshmen or students who are already attending an undergraduate college in the 2014/2015 school year. Click here for more information and to download the applications, which are due by the end of April 2014.

FACES OF THE FOUNDATION


Every month we feature a "Face of the Foundation." Someone whose involvement in the organization, whether it is through services, support, and/or advocacy, has had a significant impact on the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago and its mission. This month, we are featuring Jim, long time friend and advocate of the Epilepsy Foundation. He worked at EFGC for over thirty years and we are proud to offer the Jim Davies Scholarship in his honor.

March 2014 Jim Davies

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LATEST EFGC NEWS

Camp Blackhawk Registration is Now Open!

Registration for Camp Blackhawk 2014 is now open. For the first time, there will be two separate sessions of Camp Blackhawk, giving twice as many kids the chance to participate in this unforgettable event.  These sessions will take place July 13-18, 2014 and August 3-8, 2014 at Red Leaf Village in Ingleside, IL. Up to sixty campers can attend each session of Camp Blackhawk, which is offered free of charge.

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State Senate Passes SB2636 to Include Treatment for Epilepsy in the Illinois Medical Marijuana Law – Now it’s the House’s Turn!

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, the Illinois Senate passed SB2636, an amendment to the Illinois medical marijuana law. This amendment includes epilepsy as one of the conditions for which medical marijuana may be prescribed, and that pediatric intractable cases of epilepsy be permitted to use cannabis oil in the treatment of childhood seizures.  The amendment was passed with a vote of 49-5 after being unanimously approved by the Illinois Senate Health Committee. We are so thankful for all of those who sent in letters of support and showed your support on the Illinois government’s website!

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Early treatment with AED reduces duration of febrile seizures

New research shows that children with febrile status epilepticus (FSE) who receive earlier treatment with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) experience a reduction in the duration of the seizure. The study published in Epilepsia, a journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), suggests that a standard Emergency Medical Services (EMS) treatment protocol for FSE is needed in the U.S.

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FDA okays medical device to treat epilepsy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a device to help reduce the frequency of seizures in epilepsy patients who have not responded well to medications in the past.

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First Savers in Hoffman Estates Partners with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago to Benefit Community

Savers, the national thrift chain with more than 320 locations across North America, is celebrating its 10th store in the Chicagoland area benefitting the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. The celebration of the Hoffman Estates location will kick off on Tuesday, November 12 with a VIP Pre-Event from 6:00-9:00 pm. The official grand opening with be on Thursday, November 14 with an 8:45 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Savers management and representatives from the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. The doors open at 9:00 am.   

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Enrollment for Health Insurance Marketplace is Now Open!

As of October 1st, Health Insurance Marketplace has begun accepting applications for those who are trying to find the most beneficial insurance plans available to them. The Marketplace simplifies your search by gathering information about all of the insurance plans in your area in one place. No plan can turn you away or charge you more because you have an illness or medical condition. While all of the plans are offered by private companies, the Marketplace is run by state  or federal government. If you live in Illinois, you can find all the information you need at the http://getcoveredillinois.gov website. 

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The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Foundation Scholarship Award

The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Foundation has announced that Mr. John Shearer of Gurnee, Illinois, has been awarded the SARA ELIZABETH STUBBLEFIELD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP for Persons with Epilepsy.  This $2,000 scholarship award will be paid $1,000 per semester for the 2013-2014 academic year.

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