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Bounce out the Stigma Basketball Camp

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, along with the Danny Did Foundation and Mighty Mike, will be hosting a FREE basketball camp for boys and girls with epilepsy, their siblings and friends from July 20 through July 22, 2015. Participants must be between the ages of 8 – 17 years old. More information to follow. […]

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Living well with Epilepsy / Viviendo Bien con Epilepsia

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago and Rush University Medical Center will be hosting a FREE educational event for the hispanic community. It will cover various epilepsy-related topics, which will be presented in Spanish. Topics include Epilepsy and Treatment: How to Work with your Provider and Psychosocial Aspects of Epilepsy […]

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WE NEED YOU: Epilepsy state funding has been eliminated completely

On Friday, April 3, 2015, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner suspended $26 million in social services and public heath care grants in an effort to decrease the state’s budget. This included SUSPENDING 100% OF STATE EPILEPSY FUNDING. For the rest of the 2015 fiscal year, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago and other Illinois not-for-profit organizations […]

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ParentLink: Parent Support & Referral to Others

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago Medicine and the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago will be hosting ParentLink, a FREE educational program that addresses a variety of issues for parents of children with epilepsy. This session will feature presentations from Sandra Alanis, LCSW from University of Chicago Medicine on Parent […]

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2015 Camp Blackhawk Registration Now Open

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION   The 2015 Camp Blackhawk dates are: July 5-10, 2015 August 2-7, 2015 And will be located at Camp Red Leaf (26710 W. Nippersink Rd in Ingleside) Each summer, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago’s Camp Blackhawk gives its young participants an experience they won’t soon forget – all with NO COST to parents! For […]

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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 […]

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Families with sick kids worry about delay in medical pot licenses

Carolyn and Mike Burkhead of downstate Maryville do not know what they are going to do. Their 3-year-old daughter Mira has a form of epilepsy that subjects her to severe, debilitating seizures. Her parents have tried nine different medications to treat Mira’s illness, but so far none have worked. The Burkheads’ last hope is cannabidiol, […]

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ParentLink: Legal Advocacy Including 504s and IEPs

On Saturday, May 11, 2015, Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago Medicine and the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago will be hosting ParentLink, a FREE educational program that addresses a variety of issues for parents of children with epilepsy. This session will focus on Legal Advocacy Including 504s and IEPs and be presented by […]

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ParentLink: Sibling Issues

On Saturday, March 7, 2015, Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago Medicine and the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago will be hosting ParentLink, a FREE educational program that addresses a variety of issues for parents of children with epilepsy. This session will focus on Sibling Issues and will be presented by Nilu Rahman, […]

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Crystal Lake resident hopes to ‘cap the copay’ on high-price specialty drugs

Lisa Thomas is hoping there is a cure for the cost to cure. Thomas, whose 16-year-old son Ryan has epilepsy that causes seizures, takes less than two months to blow past the family’s annual $3,000 deductible because of the high copay costs for her son’s medication. She said it’s not unusual to hit the $10,000 […]

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