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Not another moment lost to seizures

Celebrate Epilepsy Awareness Month by watching this segment about Indiana seizure service dogs that recently aired on Pet Pals TV! 
Our Mission Statement
The Epilepsy Foundation of Indiana leads the fight to stop seizures, 
find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy.

 Indiana Teens Find Many Ways
To Advocate For Epilepsy

Football player rallies community with Sack Seizures event --
Drake Abramson of Lake Station, Indiana, had his first seizure during a football game four years ago. So it only seemed fitting that he would use a football setting for a new epilepsy awareness initiative that he created with his family called "Sack Seizures."
     The event took place during a recent high school football game between Drake's team -- the Lake Station Edison Eagles -- and the River Forest Ingots.  The evening included a 50/50 raffle and bake sale to raise funds for epilepsy, a special halftime presentation featuring both schools and football players wearing purple socks.

     Among the special guests were Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary (pictured above with Drake), Sandy Pollard, EFI executive director and Jan Buelow, VP of Research and Programs for the national Epilepsy Foundation.
     For more background on Drake's battle with epilepsy and his various advocacy activities, see this article in the Northwest Indiana Times.

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Colts fan advocates for epilepsy awareness -- Ali Heath, a 16-year-old from Fishers, has been an Indianapolis Colts fan since she was a little girl.
     After she was diagnosed with epilepsy two years ago, she realized what an impact seizures can have on life and decided to do something to help raise awareness by writing to Colts owner Jim Irsay.

     In her letter, Ali asked if the Colts could support epilepsy for one game in November by wearing purple ribbons on their shirts.

     As Ali explains,"It's hard not being able to go to concerts, movie theaters, school dances due to the  flashing lights, even music causes me to have seizures. I have tried many medications before I had a VNS implant and I believe it has been helping. 

      "I know that each individual will win their battle against epilepsy if they believe in themselves and have the courage to keep fighting," she adds. "Don't give up on yourself or the person you love, stay strong!"

In response, the Colts recently donated $1500 to EFI and treated Ali and her mom (above) to this year's home game against the Broncos. Thanks for raising epilepsy awareness in a big way, Ali!

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Student's concert project benefits EFI -- When Kathryn Burke of Plymouth was 6 years old, she started having absence seizures. After 2 years, they stopped on their own, and she has been seizure-free for the past 10 years.
     But she has never forgotten that time in her life, and for her student leadership practicum at Culver Academy, she chose to coordinate an Epilepsy Awareness Benefit Concert in January at the school.

     Twelve local performers participated in the concert, with each one stating a fact about epilepsy after their performance. In all, Kathryn was able to raise $100 to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Indiana.
     We applaud Kathryn (shown at right at EFI's 2014 Community Awareness Day) for her generous donation and wish her continued success in the future.


All-Indiana Giving Event Includes EFI -- This is a statewide giving day that will take place from 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 2015. If you donate to EFI as part of this event, we will make sure your gift helps those affected by epilepsy in Indiana. Thanks for your support! 

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Get ready for another weekend event where Bob Evans will donate 15% of sales to EFI when you dine in or carry out at a selected location. Just present a paper or digital version of this flyer to a participating location on
Dec. 11, 12 or 13. Thanks again for your support!

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Let's go Krogering! -- The Epilepsy Foundation of Indiana is now participating in the Kroger Community Rewards program. All you have to do is register your Kroger Plus Card, and you can help us earn dollars back from Kroger whenever you scan your card at the checkout.
To sign up, use this link and our organization number -- 62190. If you do not currently have a Kroger Plus Card, you can get one at any Kroger customer service desk.
Thank you for your support!

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     Announcing the Epilepsy Foundation of Indiana Scholarship for people with epilepsy who are going to school for post high school training.  As a result of funds raised during our 2015 Gala, we will award 4 scholarships of $1000 each.  
     Who can apply?  Any high school graduate or GED completed student with epilepsy who is accepted into a post-secondary education program.  We will consider either certificate (technical) post-secondary education program or a degree post-secondary program. 
     How can I apply?  Look for the application form which will be posted here by January 1, 2016. In it, you should include a description of the program you are attending, why you want to attend the program, your short and long term goals, and why we should select you as a recipient.
     The application deadline will be June 15th, 2016 by midnight.  Please submit your application to spollard@efa.org 
All applications will be reviewed by a review team external to EFI.  Reviews and selections will be based on the application. No late entries will be considered. 

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Check out this special one-day basketball camp for children with epilepsy and/or autism coming to the Fishers YMCA on July 16, 2016! Get more info here and apply early.

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