Seizure-Response Dogs for those with Epilepsy

by Chelsea Hutchison Foundation
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We are so lucky to have your support.  Please accept a huge “Thank you!” from all of us at The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation (“CHF”) for your generous support.  Your contribution has played an essential part in providing life-saving, hope-sustaining support to families across the country!

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, 98 families have received help obtaining seizure response dogs.  I’ve included photos of the last 6 service dog teams to receive assistance from CHF.

The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation grants comfort and hope to those affected by epilepsy through providing monitoring resources, vital information, and a safe haven for conversation and community.

Our main goal is to raise awareness of SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) and to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families living with epilepsy.

We raise funds to provide education about SUDEP and to provide seizure response dog grants and movement monitors that help to protect against SUDEP.

We stay up-to-date on current trends in medical technology in order to be able to provide the most effective devices as they become available.

We respect the value and quality of life of every person living with epilepsy.

We are dedicated to providing opportunities that allow individuals and families greater independence, increased confidence, ability to enjoy social environments, and community understanding.

Here are links to a few of our other projects.  We'd love for you to take a look.

Life-Saving Movement Monitors

Make a Dream Come True

Weighted Blankets

Your gift to the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation has kept us going on our mission to bring comfort and hope to individuals and families for whom struggling with epilepsy is a daily reality, and has allowed us to give relief directly to those who need it most. We are grateful, truly.

Warmly,

Thank you to all of you who support this very important project.  With your help, and others like you, The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation has just paid our 95th grant for seizure-response dogs.  These amazing animals are such a blessing to those who struggle to have some sort of normalcy in their lives when dealing the unpredictible seizures.  

Seizure-response service dogs can really be trained to the specific needs of their handler.  While no trainer can truly guarantee that a service dog will learn to alert before the onset of a seizure, with very specific temperament training, the likelihood of this happening increases greatly.  Some of the response tasks trained could be barking to alert a parent or caregiver of a seizure, pushing an alert button, block from stepping into traffic during a "roaming" seizure, bringing emergency medications, swiping a VNS magnet to lessen or stop a seizure...and the list goes on. 

"I am 34 years old and have had uncontrolled epilepsy for the past 14 years.  I have been on many different medications and have had two VNS surgeries.  I have been on the ketogenic diet, but sill have many seizures each day.  I finally agreed to get a seizure-response dog, but was unable to afford the enormous price tag.  That is where CHF stepped in to help.  I now have Brody and not only is he responding, but alerting as well.  I could not ask for more.  When I was at my lowest, CHF stepped in and offered help."

We appreciate your support more than we can expressin words!  We have a few other Globalgiving projects we'd like to share with you.

Movement Monitors 

Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland

Weighted Blankets

A Seizure-Response Service Dog for Zachary

A Seizure-Response Service Dog for Parker

Seizure Response Dog Grant Recipients
Seizure Response Dog Grant Recipients

It is time for another update from The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation on this project.  We are so grateful for your support of this very important project. Seizure-response dogs and movemnt monitors save lives - we hear it every day!!!

To date, we have provided 92 grants for seizure-response dogs across the United States.  Our requests for help are huge and it is hard to keep up with the requests.  We work tirelessly to be able to support these families.  The stories we hear and the feedback we receive is amazing.

"Without their help and many others, my son and I wouldn't have been able to get our service dogs. They mean the world to us. They are not only an amazing non-profit organization but are also and amazing family. We love them greatly!!!"  Tammy P.  Connecticut

"I have been volunteering with this Foundation since 2010. My son is also a grant recipient for a seizure response service dog. Julie and Doug have done so many wonderful things for the epilepsy community- raising awareness, providing support by grants for seizure monitors and seizure response dogs, and setting up a community where we can be open and supportive of all those affected by epilepsy.  I can honestly say, thanks to them, my son is alive because of the awareness they are spreading.  Love CHF will all my heart and thankful for all that they do."  Stacey B. Colorado

Enjoy seeing the faces of our 2015-2015 grant recipients.  You will see that epilepsy does not discriminate.  One in 26 will be diagnosed with epilepsy in their lifetime.  Epilepsy affects over 3 million Americans of all ages - more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystropy and Parkinson's disease - combined.  Almost 500 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed every day and, like Chelsea, it is estimated that up to 50,000 Americans die from seizures and seizure-related causes every year in the United States.

We have some exciting events coming up.  The  Epilepsy Awareness Day at Elitches and the  Purple Duck Chase, both at Elitch Gardens in Denver, CO is June 4, 2016.  This event was inspired by Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland which takes place in November in Anaheim, CA.  Our hope is to be able to send families to participate in both events this year.  STOMP Out Epilepsy and SUDEP Awareness Walk/Run will take place in 10 locations across the United STates this September.  We'd love to see you at any of these events!


Thank you again for your continued support.  

Seizure Response Dog Grant Recipients
Seizure Response Dog Grant Recipients

It is time for another update from The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation on this project.  I can't tell you how much we appreciate your support of our work and you are truly making a difference in the lives of those who struggle.  We receive 10-15 requests a week for help and the support we receive from you helps us keep up with requests.  

To date, we have provided 86 grants for seizure-response dogs.  The photo shown here are for those in line for grants.  We work tiredlessly to be able to support these families.  The stories we hear and the feedback we receive is amazing!  These furry friends make such a big difference!!!

"My service dog's name is Lizzy.  She's changed my life because her pre-alert makes it to where I can do MUCH more, every day.  She alerts me at work, gets medication and doesn't hesitate to change my life every day."  (Margo L. - California.

"What an amazing difference our seizure-response dog Alpha has made in our lives.  For my son, he is a constant companion, protector, and buddy that gives him independence.  F or us as parents, he gives us peace of mind.  Beyond that, he brings us laughter and joy on a daily basis that makes us all a little happier."  (Jennifer R. - Colorado)

"Crosby has helped Thomas live a life without the fear that no one is there if he has a seizure.  Crosby is always by his side, morning, noon and night!"  (Susan D. - Florida)

February 8, 2016 was International Epilepsy Awareness Day and in honor of this date, we have been featuring individuals who have epilepsy and their journies.  Click here to read what this is like for some very special people!

We have some exciting events coming up.  Fly Me to the Moon is May 7th in Lone Tree, CO - our 7th Annual Spring Gala.  The 1st Annual Epilepsy Awareness Day at Elitch Gardens is June 4, 2016 in Denver, CO.  This event was inspired by Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disnleyland which takes place in November in Anaheim, CA.  Our hope is to be able to send families to participate in both events this year.  Details are coming together for our 7th Annual STOMP Out Epilepsy and SUDEP Awareness Walk/Run this September.  It is possible that we will have orchestrated STOMPS in 12 different locations across the United States.  We'd love to see you at any of these events!

Here are links to a few smaller projects we have on GlobalGiving that we thought you might be interested in.

A Seizure-Response Service Dog for Zarek

A Seizure-Response Service Dog for Chelsi

A Seizure-Response Service Dog for Chelsea

Thank you again for your continued support.  

 

Chelsea’s good work for others with epilepsy is reaching new levels of serving others in closing out our fiscal year 2015!

Chelsea was born September 28, 1992 and brought more joy into our lives than we can express in words. At the age of 11, she began having occasional seizures, until one night, April 19, 2009, at the age of 16, Chelsea died very unexpectedly after having a seizure in her sleep. The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation was created in loving memory of our precious daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend, Chelsea Alice Hutchison. Chelsea touched many lives and we are amazed at how many people through the foundation she continues to touch even after her passing. Through your generous giving and support of our ongoing work Chelsea’s care for others lives on.

Her generous heart longed to see love and care to come to others.

In her memory The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation is designed to assist people living with Epilepsy. Funds raised by this Foundation provide grants for seizure-response dogs and epilepsy monitors for those in need, educate the public about SUDEP, and provide support to those who have been affected by SUDEP.

The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation exists to raise awareness of SUDEP and use it to grant comfort, hope and positivity to individuals and families living with epilepsy.

In 2015 so far, we have provided 15 grants for seizure-response dogs to 15 individuals and families bringing our grant total to 84!

We empowered thousands of people with new knowledge about the impact of SUDEP and the importance of learning ways to prevent sudden death.

Yet new opportunities abound. We cannot respond to all needs for trained dogs in the affirmative.

We are building strong new organizational capacity plans through volunteer strategists. We are growing the capacity too of our website to inform and train more in this good cause which saves lives. We are confident we can do more as more and more people engage in this important life-saving cause.

We need your help!

Please join us in this cause which changes and saves lives.

We would not be reaching all of those we are reaching today if it were not for you. Because of your advocacy, time, sharing, care and gifts, no matter the size, we have, and will, continue to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families to raise awareness of SUDEP and use these gifts to grant comfort, hope and positivity to individuals and families living with epilepsy.

On behalf of millions of men, women, and children around the world, who live with epilepsy, and who need our ongoing help through our direct mission, we thank you for your faithful advocacy for this cause and your generous support.

Your year-end gift for 2015 is tax deductible.  

To a great 2016!

 

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Chelsea Hutchison Foundation

Location: Lone Tree, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​ChelseaHutchisonFoundation.org
Project Leader:
Julie Hutchison
Lone Tree, CO United States
$27,080 raised of $30,000 goal
 
467 donations
$2,920 to go
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