On Friday, April 3, 2015, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner unexpectedly suspended $26 million in social services and public health care grants. This included 100% of the state’s epilepsy funding for the rest of the 2015 fiscal year. Through our advocacy efforts, however, and with the help of supporters like you, we let government officials know how dangerous this is to the epilepsy community and Governor Rauner restored the 2015 budget cut. BUT WE ARE NOT DONE.
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Join us on Saturday, June 6th as we partner with Americans for Safe Access – Illinois to present the Illinois Medical Cannabis Patient Summit. This summit will provide education to Illinois residents regarding medical cannabis and its benefits, medicating with cannabis and how to participate in the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. Additional information to help Veterans navigate the VHA system as a medical cannabis patient will be presented the same evening from 6:00pm until 8:30pm.
llinois’ medical marijuana law went into effect January 1, 2014, but so far, not a single patient has received treatment under the pilot program. What’s happening? And with us so far into the test period and not generating any data, how will we know that the program is effective?
Our funding has been restored! Thank you so much for your support and advocacy these past few weeks. We are so thankful to have such an actively enthusiastic community.
I always knew my daughter was special; what dad doesn’t think that? But when she was diagnosed with epilepsy at 13, she proved how resilient she really was. Her ability to overcome adversity makes me not only proud as a father, but also committed to helping others who live with epilepsy.
On March 26th we will head on down to Springfield to advocate for people impacted by epilepsy. Currently, the proposed Illinois budget will cut all funding for epilepsy programs, and we need to let our State Representatives know how devastating this can be. We will be partnering with the Epilepsy Foundation affiliates of Rockford and Southern Illinois, as well as the Danny Did Foundation and will work as one to address the need for programs and services to be provided for people with epilepsy, their families, and friends.
The 2015 Heroes Night Gala shows everyone a great time and raises much needed funding for EFGC’s programs and services
The Epilepsy Foundation’s annual Heroes Night Gala took place at the Field Museum on Friday, February 20, 2015. United States Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth was honored with the Distinguished Richard N. Rovner Heroes Award for her unwavering commitment to people with disabilities. Nicole Gross and Margaret Storey were honored with the Heroes Award for Inspirational Commitment for their advocacy work to successfully amend an Illinois law, making epilepsy one of the conditions for which medical marijuana may be prescribed. The event was touching, as well as fun… Here are some of the highlights!