We are proud to let you know that we just provided our 59th seizure-response dog grant. We cannot express our gratitude for the generous support you have provided.
The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation (CHF) is a leader in providing grants for seizure response dogs and in placing monitoring equipment in the home, allowing families throughout the country access to a service they may otherwise miss. When formed in 2009, CHF was the first organization in the United States to provide grants for seizure response dogs, and continues today to provide the highest level of funding amongst other organizations.
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 www.ComedyforCanines.org.
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
Thank you again for contributing to our project and for allowing us to grant comfort and hope to those living with seizures. Because of you and others like you, we have just paid our 55th seizure-response dog grant. In addition, we have now provided over 160 seizure monitors.
Epilepsy affects over 3 million Americans of all ages - more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson's disease - combined. Almost 500 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed every day and it is estimated that 50,000 Americans die from seizures and seizure-related causes every year in the United States. Many parents and caregivers watch their loved ones seize 80-100 times a day.
In September, we completed our 4th Annual Chelsea's Epilepsy Walk for SUDEP Awareness. What started out as a small gathering of good friends and family in Littleton, CO, has grown to organized walks in (6) locations across the United States. We have been approached by groups in (4) additional States for 2014's walk. We will be changing the name of the walk to STOMP! out SUDEP and Epilepsy. Watch for a walk in your area.
CHF has been asked to be one of the National Co-Hosts of the 2nd Annual Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland Resort, 2014. We attended the 1st Annual last month, in fact, due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we were able to take (2) families with us who might not otherwise have ever had the opportunity to go. It is estimated that there were approximately 10,000 visiting the Park that day, 1,000 of whom were sporting specially branded purple tshirts raising epilepsy awareness.
Rebecca, or Becca, is a bright 15-year old teen who has the energy of 10 others combined. She is determined to raise epilepsy awareness and educate those around her. She began having seizures when she was seven, but it has not stopped her in the slightest. To get a little insight as to this determined young lady, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVp4il8oX6s to view Becca's video, "My Story about Epilepsy".
"When I turned 13, I decided to spread the word about Epilepsy. I was in the 7th grade and I asked my Mom and the school Principal if I could have everyone at school wear purple in November. I made purple ribbons that year and a poster. It was displayed in my school library for a year."
Once again, Becca has formed a team for Chelsea's Walk - Rebecca's Cougar Team. Her fundraising goal is $5,000, and we would not be surprised at all if she reaches that. Last weekend, she held "Rebecca Helsley's 1st Annual Bike Ride, Yard and Bake Sale" in Baker, West Virginia. She raised in excess of $200 and is providing those funds to Rebecca's Cougar Team. We hope to personally be able to attend the Rebecca Helsley's 2nd Annual Bike Ride.
Register at ChelseasWalk.org. Organized walks will take place in Colorado, Virginia (2), Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. Start pulling your teams together! If you aren't near one of our organized walks, consider showing your support by registering as a virtual walker and/or creating a virtual team or fundraiser to participate. Consider orchestrating your own group of friends to walk as a group in your own home town to raise awareness - we will provide the t-shirts! We are looking for volunteers for all walks. We have some amazing rewards for those who are willing to raise pledges for Chelsea's Walk. Please contact us at ChelseasLegacy@aol.com if you are interested.
For more information or to register, volunteer or sponsor Chelsea's Walk, go to www.ChelseasWalk.org
Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland Resort 2013
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The Epilepsy Foundation is proud to present Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland Resort on November 7, 2013 - during National Epilepsy Awareness Month. This will be the first official day at Disneyland Resort honoring a population impacted by a medical condition. The family fun day at the "happiest place on earth" will be all about celebrating the strength and unity of the epilepsy community - and also help us raise national attention about epilepsy.
Attendees can buy tickets at www.EpilepsyAwarenessDay.org, and designate part of the ticket price to support a 501(c)3 charity dedicated to helping people who live with epilepsy. CHELSEA HUTCHISON FOUNDATION IS ONE OF THOSE APPROVED 501(c)3 CHARITIES THAT YOU CAN DESIGNATE! Please help us spread the word and ask your friends to select Chelsea Hutchison Foundation when ordering tickets. We plan to be there that day!!!
Tickets include an official event day purple shirt and swag bag, each with special Disney artwork.
The event is presented in cooperation with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles and the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County.
We just can't thank you enough for supporting The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation. Because of you and others like you, we have just fulfilled (3) additional seizure-response dog grants, bringing our total to 48. In addition, we were able to pay for (10) Emfit, (3) SmartWatch and (1) SAMiAlert monitors, brining our grant total of monitors provided to 119. We could not do this without your generous support!
"Just this past week, Connor did his first trip all on his own, by train. I can truly tell you that I never ever would have been able to let him do this without knowing he had that SmartWatch monitor. It was a huge independence move for him, and I am happy to say it all went well. The monitor is going to be something that changes all of our lives..." (Amy, Olymbia, WA)"
Thank you, again, for supporting The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation. When you support us, you make a big difference in the lives of those struggling with seizures and epilepsy. We are a very grass-roots, volunteer-based Foundation that is committed to getting relief right into the hands of those who need it. We aren't bit, but we are mighty and determined to minimizing (or eliminating) the number of seizure-related deaths that occur each year in the US.
Epilepsy affects over 3 million Americans of all ages - more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson's disease - combined. Almost 500 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed every day and it is estimated that up to 50,000 Americans die from seizures and seizure-related causes every year in the United States.
To date, Chelsea Hutchison Foundation has provided 49 grants for seizure-response dogs and 120 movement monitors. We receive 3-5 requests each week for help so your continued support is so appreciated.
The 4th Annual Chelsea's Epilepsy Walk for SUDEP Awareness will take place on September 22, 2013. What started as a small walk in Littleton, Colorado has grown to include 6 separate locations across the United States. Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and (2) locations in Virginia. In addition, for those who are not able to walk with us at one of our physical walks, we will offer opportunities to be a virtual walker or create a virtual team. MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
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