Did You Know?
  • Epilepsy currently affects an estimated 3 million Americans.
  • In 70% of people with epilepsy, there is NO identifiable cause.
  • We offer prescription assistance for our clients
  • Epilepsy in America costs $15.5 billion a year.
  • Each year in the U.S., an estimated 200,000 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed.
  • People of all ages, races, and in all walks of life can develop Epilepsy.
  • Epilepsy is not contagious.
  • Epilepsy in not a mental illness.
  • In 40% of people with epilepsy, seizures persist despite treatment.
  • Epilepsy is more common than Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and Muscular Dystrophy combined.
  • Incorrect information, old-fashioned attitudes and myths about epilepsy are the greatest obstacles faced by those who have epilepsy.
  • When seizures are not controlled, epilepsy is a devastating, chronic disorder.
  • Are you part of a support group?  We offer support groups for individuals with epilepsy
  • 10% of American population will experience a seizure in their lifetime
  • 45,000 children under the age of 15 develop epilepsy every year.
  • Males are slightly more likely to develop epilepsy than females.
  • Epilepsy is defined as having recurrent (two or more), unprovoked seizures.
  • A resident of Tennessee must wait 6 months after his last seizure in order to regain his license to drive.
  • A “seizure disorder” and “epilepsy” are the same.
  • In our jurisdiction of 13 counties, approximately 14,555 people have a history of seizures.
  • 70% of children who are otherwise normal will outgrow epilepsy.
  • 40% of children outgrow absence seizures.
  • Children with absence epilepsy have I.Q. scores 10% higher than normal.
  • ½ of children with absence epilepsy will experience at least one tonic-clonic seizure.
  • Epilepsy can be expected to develop in 10 – 15% of children with mental retardation
  • Epilepsy can be expected to develop in 13% of children with cerebral palsy
  • Epilepsy can be expected to develop in up to 50% of children with mental retardation and cerebral palsy.
  • Epilepsy can be expected to develop in 8.7% of children whose mothers have epilepsy
  • Epilepsy can be expected to develop in 2.4% of children whose fathers have epilepsy
  • As many as 2/3 of children with epilepsy have some type of measurable learning problem.
  • As many as 1/3 of children with epilepsy require special education.
  • Approximately 2 out of every 100 adults in Tennessee have a history of seizures.

 


          
       

 

 

 

 

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  All of our services are free to our clients, and we depend heavily on donations.

 

 

 

 

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you to everyone who supported Sunny 92.3's James Howard and the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee for this past Sunday's Ironman Chattanooga! James is on the road to recovery and we will post a follow-up interview with him tomorrow.

In the meantime, please post any pictures on our Facebook page that you have from Sunday's IRONMAN that relate to the Epilepsy Foundation and/or James. We will include some of these on our "Ironman" page.

 

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Thank-you to everyone who came out for Sunday's "Chocolate Fling"!   Final fundraising totals are still being caluculated. :)

 

CHECK-OUT our CHOCOLATE FLING page for more pictures!

 

 

Chocolate Fling emcee, James Howard (of Sunny 92.3) is training for the Ironman Chattanooga!
Check out his progress, then click on his name, and send him an encouraging message on Facebook
as he helps to spread awareness about epilepsy!



                      See more of Jame's progress, including how he faired in the Chikamauga Lake yesterday, by visiting our Facebook page.

 

 

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Here at the Foundation, we spend the majority of our time and resources in intentional efforts to help those with epilepsy, and to educate the public to be #seizureaware. Many clients, volunteers, advocates, financial supporters, and friends are helping us in this vital process. One of our youngest and most passionate educators is Genna. Here is a short glimpse of her story...

                                                    this video was filmed at Tiger Creek Elementary

 

                        

 

With YOUR help, our clients will continue to receive free services like;

 

The 2014 Christmas Party

 

 

 

Epilepsy Awareness trainings for schools and businesses  

 

 

 

And prescription purchasing assistance

 

 

 

 

 

 Our services also include an active Support Group.  

 

In this picture, our support group spent time with local news anchor Kim Chapman!

 

 

 

The counties that we serve:

 

Bledsoe McMinn
Bradley Meigs
Catoosa Polk
Dade Rhea
Grundy Sequatchie
Hamilton Walker
Marion

 

 

  

 

 

      So... GivingTuesday is technically over...but you can still make a tax-deductible donation by going to the link below.                                            

 

                  Will you consider giving to someone who is fighting the fight against epilepsy?

 

Click on the link below to donate through a secure Paypal site.

 

 

 

 

 

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