Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago
17 North State Street, Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60602
The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago is dedicated to the prevention and eventual cure of seizure disorders, the amelioration of their effects, and the promotion of independence and optimal quality of life for people with epilepsy. The Foundation accomplishes its mission through education, counseling, casework, vocational assistance, advocacy, research, information and referral, support groups and parent groups..
Facts and Statistics
Epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder after stroke and Alzheimer’s diseas e.
Epilepsy and seizures affect 2.3 million Americans of all ages, at an estimated annual cost of more than $12.5 billion in direct and indirect costs.
Approximately 181,000 new cases of seizures and epilepsy occur each year.
Over 5,400 new cases occur annually in the Chicago area.
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder, the hallmark of which is a tendency for recurrent, unprovoked seizures. It has been recognized as a unique disorder for thousands of years and remains a formidable barrier to a full and productive life. The largest percentage of seizures have unknown causes. Symptomatic causes may include disease, head injury, developmental disabilities, genetics or other causes.
Fundraising & Administrative Percentage
Here is an excerpt from a letter we received recently...
“The Epilepsy Foundation is the most supportive and helpful organization we have belonged to in our efforts to support our son with his various disabilities. Everyone on the staff has been welcoming, informative, supportive and full of positive outlook for the future. We are so grateful that the Foundation exists. We really needed information when we first called this past January and we sure got it from the Epilepsy Foundation! We are more than happy to help out with any further projects in the future!”