The Epilepsy Foundation is the leader across epilepsy advocacy, innovative therapies, research and support for people living with epilepsy, their families, caregivers and the general public. Through new therapies and research, community services, advocacy and public awareness, our goal is to overcome the challenges created by epilepsy. We are the only nationwide, charitable organization that provides low-cost, comprehensive supportive care to people with epilepsy and their families. To enhance and strengthen this global leadership position as well as expand the depth, breadth and pace of the epilepsy movement, we must do more.
Epilepsy is the most pervasive, devastating yet invisible brain disorder in the world. Epilepsy affects one in 26 people during their lifetime, more than Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy combined. Despite this, epilepsy receives only half a penny of every government-funded research dollar and barely one tenth of the funding that other central nervous system disorders get from non-profits. With only $7 million in research support over the last ten years, we have funded 22 of 44 epilepsy drugs and five of seven devices in the pipeline and nearly half of the epilepsy research projects going on worldwide.
In order for new and innovative therapies to be developed and used to help stop seizures, to help erase the stigma of epilepsy, to increase community awareness of the causes, treatments and ways to live with seizure disorders a major gift to the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, will help the 2.2 million Americans living with epilepsy.
If you are interest in learning more about the funding opportunities or are interested in making a major gift, please contact Ida Benson, Individual Gift Officer at (248) 809-1299.