P. O. Box 29422
Indianapolis, IN  46229
 
 (317) 876-0600
(800) 526-6618


info@indianaepilepsyfoundation.org

Not another moment lost to seizures

Our Mission Statement
The Epilepsy Foundation of Indiana leads the fight to stop seizures, 
find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy.


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Spot
light on Indiana teens
   who advocate for epilepsy

Football player rallies community with Sack Seizures event
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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!


NEWS & NOTES

Virtual Career Fair Set For March 15 -- Here is a special opportunity for people with disabilities looking for a job or internship. This online career fair is free of charge for students and alumni with disabilities. For more information, go here and mark your calendar for March 15.

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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? 
Use this application that you can fill in and print out as a hard copy or download, fill in and save to your computer. In it, you will 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. PLEASE NOTE: You must save the blank form from the link above to your computer before you enter data if you want to save the completed form to your computer.
     When is the application deadline? The application must be postmarked by June 15, 2016 if submitting by U.S. mail or sent by June 15, 2016 if submitting by email. 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.
     For more information or questions about the application instructions, contact Sandy Pollard at spollard@efa.org 

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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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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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