Grant comfort and hope to those living with the daily affects of seizures/epilepsy. Funds raised by this project provide grants for seizure-response dogs and movement monitors for those in need. These are lines of defense in minimizing the number of seizure-related deaths that occur every year in the US and bring peace to families and caregivers who don't sleep at night with worry.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Epilepsy affects over 3 million Americans of all ages - more than MS, cerebral palsy, MD and Parkinson's combined. Almost 500 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed every day and it is estimated that 50,000 American's die from seizures every year in the US, yet most don't even know they are at risk. This Foundation provides lines of defense in reducing the number of seizure-related deaths each year.
How will this project solve this problem?
Seizure-response dogs help by summoning help, pulling potentially dangerous objects away from the person's body, "Blocking" to keep individuals from walking into obstacles, streets, etc. They can rouse the unconscious handler during or after a seizure and provide physical and emotional support, while carrying critical medical info., instructions for first-responders, emergency medication, etc. In many cases these amazing service animals will alert before the onset of a seizure.
Potential Long Term Impact
Our goal is to get life-saving measures in line for all who could benefit from them. By raising SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) awareness, our hope is to get epilepsy research on the radar. Most believe that if you have seizures you can take a pill and be cured. Truth is that only 1/3 of those with seizures are controlled by medication. For many, multiple seizures are an every-day part of their life. 1 in 26 will be diagnosed with epilepsy in their lifetime.
Total Funding Received to Date: $14,020
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $15,980
Total Funding Goal: $30,000