333 Patient Groups Join Together to Ask HHS Secretary Burwell to Reduce Barriers to Care in Qualified Health Plans

Three-hundred-and-thirty-three patient groups from around the country have signed onto a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Mathews Burwell calling for immediate measures to reduce barriers to care for patients who have purchased policies through the Health Insurance Marketplace (the “exchanges”). The letter comes as some patients with chronic conditions have […]

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Governor Pat Quinn Signs the Amendment on the Medical Marijuana Law

On July 20, 2014 SB 2636, the medical marijuana law adding epilepsy as a debilitating medical condition was signed by IL Governor Pat Quinn. This amendment includes epilepsy as one of the conditions for which medical marijuana may be prescribed, and that pediatric intractable cases of epilepsy may be permitted to use cannabis oil in the treatment […]

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Signing of the SB2636 Bill

GREAT NEWS! The signing of SB2636, a bill that allows medicinal marijuana to be prescribed to kids and adults living with epilepsy, will be signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn this SUNDAY, JULY 20TH AT 2:00 PM on the third floor atrium of Northwestern – Prentice Women’s Hospital( 250 E. Superior St. in Chicago). Please come and help us […]

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U.S. Department of Defense Allocates $7.5 million to Epilepsy Research

On July 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that it will allocate $7.5 million to epilepsy research due to the alarming increase of people diagnosed with epilepsy because of Traumatic Brain Injuries sustained in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2006. This initiative was led by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Susan […]

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2014 Camp Blackhawk

This summer, there will be two sessions of Camp Blackhawk! Giving twice as many kids the chance to enjoy this amazing experience… The 2014 Camp Blackhawk dates are: July 13-18, 2014 August 3-8, 2014 Each summer, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago’s Camp Blackhawk gives its young participants an experience they won’t soon forget. For […]

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Cruise Night

Join us Friday evening for an evening of celebration of the progress of Henry Ford’s creations. Food, music, entertainment and more will also be present. See you in St Charles!

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5th Annual Seize the Stage

On Wednesday, July 30th, the 5th Annual Seize the Stage, a musical revue benefit, will be taking place at the Wilmette Community Recreation Center. Sammi Gassel, a member of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago’s Peer Alliance, organizes this production every year to support the Foundation. A minimum donation of $10 is required. For more […]

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2014 Blackhawk Family Retreat Weekend

The Camp Blackhawk Family Retreat Weekend is fun for the whole family and FREE! This is an opportunity for you to come out to camp to see what the kids experience for a week in the summer. Come enjoy a fun-filled weekend where kids can zipline, rock climb and play in the lake – and […]

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2014 Scholarship Winners

The 2014 recipients of the Jim Davies Scholarship were announced at the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago’s June Board of Directors Meeting. This scholarship is awarded annually in the amount of $1,000 to individuals with epilepsy who will be incoming freshmen to a college or vocational/technical school and will be a full-time student for the 2014/2015 […]

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Dravet Syndrome Foundation’s 1st Biennial Family and Professional Conference

The 1st Biennial Family and Professional Conference will take place June 26-29, 2014 at the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago and will bring families together with leading clinicians and researchers to discuss new developments in Dravet Syndrome and associated intractable childhood epilepsies. The event will include over a dozen topics, as well as parent-to-parent roundtables […]

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