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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. Registration for this event […]

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PhRMA and the Epilepsy Foundation report more than 400 medicines in development to treat neurological disorders

America’s biopharmaceutical research companies are currently developing 420 medicines for patients suffering from neurological disorders, including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease. As highlighted in a new report from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the Epilepsy Foundation, scientists around the globe are collaborating to find new or more […]

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ParentLink: Legal Advocacy Including 504s and IEPs

On Saturday, May 9, 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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Illinois Senate to Vote to Extend Medical Marijuana Bill

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? Rep. Lou Lang was instrumental in […]

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Epilepsy state funding REINSTATED FOR FY2015

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.   Click here to read the Chicago Tribune article

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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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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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