Chelsea Hutchison Foundation

The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation is a Colorado non-profit corporation formed by Julie and Doug Hutchison to provide help to individuals, particularly children and young adults, who have epilepsy. The main focus is to raise funds to provide grants for trained seizure-response dogs Emfit movement monitors. Seizure response dogs can help detect when someone may be having a seizure and provide warnings and/or respond after a seizure by calling 911, getting help or breaking a fall. The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation is named for Julie and Doug's beloved daughter, Chelsea, who died in her sleep during a seizure in April of 2009. SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy) was the cause of her de...
Apr 3, 2015

Update from The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation

Jenny and Maya
Jenny and Maya

We are proud to state that The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation (CHF) has recently paid our 69th grant for seizure-response dogs.  It is because of people like you who make this possible.  It is so amazing to watch these teams matched up and begin their journey together.

In addition, CHF provides life-saving movement monitors for those who struggle with seizures - particularly at night.  We feel strongly that if we had known to be concerned and had a monitor in place, our sweet Chelsea might still be with us. We have provided over 275 monitors across the US to date, 3 in Canada and even one in Australia.

We have several individual microprojects on GlobalGiving in an attempt to fulfill our grant requests.  You might find  interesting to read about some of the individuals who are affected and what having a furry companion means to them.

Seizure-Response Dog for Kyler

Seizure-Response Dog for Taylor

Seizure-Response Dog for Sammy

Seizure-Response Dog for Thomas

Seizure-Response Dog for Jon

Seizure-Response Dog for Oliver

Seizure-Response Dog for Brynn and Brett

Seizure-Response Dog for Nicole

On May 2nd, CHF will hold its 6th Annual Gala. This year's theme is "Comedy for Canines".  If you are in the area and wish to attend, we would welcome you with opened arms.  For more information, go to Comedy For Canines.

Save the Date for STOMP Out Epilepsy and SUDEP.  This is a National awareness walk that will take place in at least 10 cities across the United States in September.  More information will follow.

Here are a few photos of our most recent teams.  We hope you enjoy.

Thank you again for your support!  You are truly changing the lives of those who struggle with seizures!

Damien and Akuna
Damien and Akuna
Kyler and Copper
Kyler and Copper
Apr 3, 2015

An Update from The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation

Recent Monitor Recipients
Recent Monitor Recipients

We are proud to state that The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation (CHF) has now provided 277 life-saving monitors across the United States.  We've even had the privilege of providing 3 in Canada and even one in Australia. It is because of people like you who make this possible.  We feel strongly that if we had known to be concerned and had a monitor in place, our sweet Chelsea might still be with us.  

In addition, CHF just provided our 69th seizure-response dog grant. It is so amazing to watch these teams matched up and begin their journey together.

We have several individual microprojects on GlobalGiving to fulfill our seizure-response dog grant requests.  You might find  interesting to read about some of the individuals who are affected and what having a furry companion means to them.

Seizure-Response Dog for Kyler

Seizure-Response Dog for Taylor

Seizure-Response Dog for Sammy

Seizure-Response Dog for Thomas

Seizure-Response Dog for Jon

Seizure-Response Dog for Oliver

Seizure-Response Dog for Brynn and Brett

Seizure-Response Dog for Nicole

On May 2nd, CHF will hold its 6th Annual Gala. This year's theme is "Comedy for Canines".  If you are in the area and wish to attend, we would welcome you with opened arms.  For more information, go to Comedy for Canines.

Save the Date for STOMP Out Epilepsy and SUDEP.  This is a National awareness walk that will take place in at least 10 cities across the United States in September.  More information will follow.

Here are a few photos of our most recent monitor recipients.  We hope you enjoy.

Thank you again for your support!  You are truly changing the lives of those who struggle with seizures!



Feb 18, 2015

Update from Chelsea Hutchison Foundation

Thank you for donating to this project.  We were lucky enough to be able to send 10 families to Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland in November.  Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland 2015 is scheduled for November 5, 2015 and as one of the founding hosts, our hope is to send more families this year.  These events are life-changing to families who deal with the stress of seizures on a daily basis. Some of our families deal with as many as 80-100 seizures a day. The financial costs and constraints that go along with caring for a child who suffers from epilepsy are unimaginable.  It was wonderful to watch them laugh and be able to provide something to their family that they might not have otherwise had the opportunity to do.

"The faces and many others had me in tears today.  I cannot express my gratitude for everything.  Seeing my girls be kids and not letting epilepsy get in their way was amazing.  It was and is truly a magical experience that we won't forget. Coming up on the 3-year anniversary, I can say that I have never seen my girls this happy since it all began. Too many worries for the oldest and my youngest one doesn't know the difference - just that we can't do much because of sister's epilepsy.  This week we "let it go".....(Anita, Oklahoma)

"My family can't thank you enough for giving us this once in a lifetime experience!  It will be a treasured memory for myself and my boys!   We will be forever grateful."  (Barbara Jean (single parent), Kentucky)

"The words "thank you" do not seem even close to showing appreciation for your amazing kindness and generosity.  You gave my children a trip I never would have been able to give them - but more than that, they were able to see they weren't alone.  You will always have a huge place in our hearts!!!"  (Beth (single parent), 

"We want to thank you for everything that you have done for our family.  Our son was able to break away from the world he normally lives in and go to a place where dreams come true.  He got to enjoy himself and be a kid at Disneyland.  As his parents, we want to thank you for every smile and the joy that filled his heart in Disneyland."  (April, Illinois)

"No words can say the joy in my heart.  I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate this trip.  The smile on my son's face the whole time was amazing!  He is so glad that he has made friends.  People that actually understand what he is going through.  People that treat him as a person and NOT a disability.  Thank you for putting a smile on my son's face."  (Christina (single parent), Texas)

Please share this website with anyone you believe would be willing to help.  Thank you for your support of this ongoing project.  Here is a link to all of the photos taken at Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland 2014

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