November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month

November 1, 2012
November 30, 2012

The Epilepsy Foundation’s  “Now I Know” Video Campaign 

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month!

As part of our mission to help overcome the challenges created by epilepsy, we’re pleased to announce our Now I Know video campaign. 

When it comes to epilepsy, what do you know now that you wish you knew sooner? 

We’re inviting people with epilepsy, their friends, family and caregivers to log on to Facebook, starting November 1st, and share through a video what they’ve learned, and what resources have helped them. 

Visitors to our Facebook page will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites and share the videos through their social networks. At the end of the contest, the videos with the most votes in each of four regions, will win iPads, among other prizes. 

Select videos may also be featured here on our website and at our National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, DC. We hope to pool the collective knowledge of the epilepsy community into an easy-to-use resource and to serve as a jump-start point for talking about the disorder with our communities. 

More information is available here


EFGC CTA Awareness Campaign

Throughout the month of November keep an eye out for the EFGC’s new CTA awareness campaign advertisements on the CTA elevated Blue, Red and Pink train lines. The ads feature the tag line, “How do you treat a person with epilepsy?…Like a person.” The campaign also features Spanish language ads in order to increase epilepsy awareness in Chicago’s Hispanic community. 




 Talk About It @ Dinner – November 2012 – February 2013

Between the months of November 2012 and February 2013 we invite you to host a Talk About It dinner, and help us get the word about the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago and our programs and services. Talk About It dinners are also a fantastic way to fundraise, so instead of bringing a bottle of wine, ask your guests to bring a gift to the foundation. We will provide you with any awareness materials you might need, and for parties of 20 or more people, we will help you design your own custom invitation. For information on Talk About it @ Dinner, contact Frank Adam Brenner at 312.939.8622 ext. 201.



Lennox-Gastut Syndrome Awareness Day – November 1, 2012

Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a rare and often debilitating form of childhood-onset epilepsy. The syndrome is characterized by frequent seizures andmultiple seizure types, a resistance to medications and/or therapies, cognitive dysfunction, regression, and an abnormal EEG with generalized slow spike-and-wave discharges. LGS constitutes between 1-4% of pediatric epilepsies and typically appears between the second and sixth year of life.

Please visit the LGS Foundation here for information on how you can be involved. 




Starnet Conference – November 6, 2012

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month! On November 6, we’d like to give school professionals, teachers, school nurses, paraprofessionals, and parents the chance to learn about epilepsy. Topics to be covered include types of seizures, the impact on development, intervention techniques in classrooms and developing a seizure action plan, and educational opportunities for young children with epilepsy. This event is hosted by Starnet Chicago,  Region V and presented by Tracy Schultz, EFGC’s Director of Education.


Resource Center on Autism and Developmental Delays (RCADD)

10 S. Kedzie, Room 205, Chicago, IL, United States


Tuesday, November 6, 2012 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

For more information or to register, visit or call 773-553-5596.


EFGC Youth Council Presents: The Purple Man – November 10, 2012 

The EFGC Youth Council invites you to join them in celebrating Epilepsy Awareness Month with the “Purple Man”.  On November 10, from 11:00 am until4:00 pm, look for a Purple Man and take a picture with him! The Youth Council will be at either Millennium Park, Water Tower Place, or both. The crew might also be venturing out into other parts of the city! 

When: November 10 – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Millennium Park and Water Tower Place – Downtown Chicago 


Teen Group Theater Trip/The Borrowers – November 10, 2012

Calling all Teens! Please join us on Saturday, November 10th for the matinee showing of “The Borrowers” at the Theater of Western Springs. ”The Borrowers” tells the story of young Arietty and her family: tiny people who live in people’s homes and “borrow” things to survive while keeping their existence unknown. Like every person, Arietty longs for grown up adventures, but when she and her family …(You’ll have to join us to find out how it ends!)

Click here for more information. 


Heroes Night – Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Heroes Night, formerly called The Rovner Dinner, serves as a way to honor those individuals who exemplify the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago’s mission. Hundreds of notable Chicagoans attend this annual dinner, which brings together activists, medical professionals, business leaders, philanthropists and those living with epilepsy. The evening also provides the Foundation with a powerful source of fundraising and awareness.

This year, we honor heroes: Philip M. Gattone, President & CEO, Epilepsy Foundation, Roy Sucholeiki, M.D., Cadence Health, Planned Property Management, Dan McDonough, Director of Marketing, Debbie Templin, EFGC Support Group Leader, Erin Vander Pas, Youth Activist, Camp Blackhawk Camper.

Where: Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie Street, Chicago, Illinois

When: Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

To purchase tickets, please click here. 


Consumer Conference – Saturday, November 17, 2012

Please join us for a free day of education for individuals with epilepsy, their families and the community.


Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro

733 W. Madison Street

Chicago, IL


Saturday November 17, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM CST

Click here to register. 


Savers Clothing Drive  at Charlestowne Mall – November 17, 2012

Bring your used clothing to the Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles, Illinois, and help support Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago programs and services.


3800 E. Main Street  St. Charles, IL 60174

Mall Entrance #1


Saturday, November 17, 2012

10:00 am to 1:00 pm


Studio e Art Display  – November 19-20, 2012

Artwork created during this year’s Studio e sessions will be displayed at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago on November 19 -20 from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Come down and see some wonderful paintings and drawings created by people living with epilepsy. 

Where: James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois

When: November 19-20, 2012, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 


EFGC Youth Council Presents: Trivia Night – November 27, 2012

On November 27, join the EFGC Youth Council for a night of trivia and epilepsy awareness at Beckett’s, 3210 N. Lincoln. From 8-10 pm, 15% from everything ordered (food-liquor) will go towards the EFGC! Please tell your friends to join us for a night of laughs, trivia and awareness! For more information on trivia night, contact Youth Council President, Sammi Gassel, at


When: November 27 – 8-10 pm

Where: Beckett’s Public House, 3210 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Ilinois