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...
May 9, 2014

Update on Seizure-Response Dog for Jacob

We wanted to give you an update on Jacob and Bailey Bear.  Bailey Bear is still in training for Jacob.  Due to an issue with the original trainer, Jacob's family came to an agreement and purchased Bailey outright and is now working with a different local trainer to get Bailey Bear's skills up to where they need to be to pass public access.  It isn't always a perfect process so we are grateful that Jacob and Bailey Bear were able to stay together as a team.  There is quite a bond there and it will only be a matter of time before they are a working together full time as a team.

In the meantime, The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation has provided Jacob and his family a SAMiAlert monitor to keep him safe at night.  The seizure-response service dog process is a long process and we believe stongly that every line of defense should be in place to protect these amazing children and young adults.  A SAMiAlert is a sleep activity monitor for anyone (caregivers and individuals) who neds to watcharefuly for unusual movements at night.  during slep, audio-video information from a remote infrared video camera is set to an app that runs on an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPod Touc.  The SAMi app records and analyzes te ideo for unusual activity.  When an unusual event is detected, it  ds an alarm and records live audio and video from the SAMi network Camera.  Within seconds, the individual or caregiver can take any necessary action.

Thank you for contributing to this project.  


Mar 6, 2014

Update on Natalyn and her Seizure-Response Dog

Jacob and Zelda
Jacob and Zelda

We wanted to update you on the status of Natalyn and her seizure-response dog.  The Church that Natalyn and her family attend held a fundraiser for her recently and were able to fully-fund the cost of her seizure-response dog.  Her dog is currently in training and should be in her hands in the next 6 months or sooner. That being said, she does not need a grant from The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation.  The funds we collected on her behalf have been transferred to another young child by the name of Jacob, so this is more of an update on Jacob and how those funds were used.  

Jacob has been diagnosed with Mitochondial disease, epilepsy and autism, just to mention a few.  His mother reports that he seizes all of the time and that they are so afraid he will have one when he is out of their sight.  Zelda is trained to assist Jacob and alert his family with not only his seizures, but with the risks that go along with being autistic.  Zelda is Jacob's constant companion. This team is currently working together and Jacob is learning to handle Zelda in public.  

Thank you just doesn't seem to express our gratitude for what you've done to change this little boy's life!



Mar 6, 2014

Another Update from Chelsea Hutchison Foundation

I wanted to give you an update on how this project is progressing.  This is an ongoing project as we continue to receive 3-5 requests a week for help.  Because of your help, and others like you, we have had the privilege of providing over 180 life-saving monitors to those who suffer from seizures.  It is estimated that up to 50,000 seizure-related deaths occur each year in the United States so it is critical to get these lines of defense in the hands of families who deal with the every day effects of epilepsy.  Chelsea Hutchison Foundation (CHF) feels strongly that if we had known about these monitors - or had even known that a seizure could be deadly - we might still have our Chelsea with us.  

The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation ensures that ALL in need will be served by helping people on a first-come first-served basis rather than case-by-case, assuring that anyone who feels they need help – and may not qualify elsewhere – receives the help they need. CHF recognizes that SUDEP can happen during any seizure, even those experienced relatively infrequently, and seeks to provide those individuals and families with the same level of care and support they provide to all families.

In addition to our Globalgiving campaigns, CHF holds two major fundraisers each year.  On, May 2, 2014, we will hold its annual gala at The Curtis Ballroom located at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village, CO. This year, our theme is Comedy for Canines and our headliner for the evening will be Kevin Fitzgerald, best known for his 10 seasons on the popular Animal Planet show, Emergency Vets. Kevin is a great comedian and his passion for making people laugh is surpassed only by his unwavering dedication to all creatures great and small.  If you are in the area, we would love you to join us.  For more information or to register, please visit

Every fall, the Chelsea Hutchison Foundations hosts STOMP! (formerly Chelsea's Epilepsy Walk for SUDEP Awareness), an epilepsy walk for Epilepsy and SUDEP awareness. The fundraiser is currently held in six cities across the country (Littleton, CO, Wichita, KS, WInchester, VA, Woodbridge, VA, Eldon, MO, Northfield, IL), and expands to new cities every year. Nine to ten cities are expected to be added this year alone.  Watch for details.  There may be an organized walk near you!

Thank you again so much for your continued support!  You are making a big difference!


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