Epilepsy Services Foundation; Creating a Better Future and Environment For Persons Affected By Epilepsy

Published on 17 August 2017 in Business
2017 ESF College & Medical Scholarship Awards Recipients

2017 ESF College & Medical Scholarship Awards Recipients

The Epilepsy Services Foundation has been selflessly serving the Tampa Bay community for 44 years by offering programs and services designed to increase the understanding of epilepsy, promoting dialogue between persons with epilepsy, families and others dealing with the impact of this medical condition and by raising funds to provide scholarships for kids and teens affected by this chronic medical condition.

Epilepsy is a chronic disorder that causes unprovoked, recurrent seizures. A seizure is a sudden rush of electrical activity in the brain.

There are two main types of seizures. Generalized seizures affect the whole brain. Focal, or partial seizures, affect just one part of the brain.

A mild seizure may be difficult to recognize. It can last only a few seconds during which you lack full awareness.

Stronger seizures can cause spams and uncontrollable muscle twitches, and can last a few seconds to several minutes. During a stronger seizure, some people become confused and may even lose consciousness. Afterward some may not even have memory of it happening.

Tampa Yankees Mascot “Blue” With Participants at the 2016 “Let’s Walk Together” For Epilepsy  Awarenness event at the USF Track & Field Stadium

Tampa Yankees Mascot “Blue” With Participants at the 2016 “Let’s Walk Together” For Epilepsy Awarenness event at the USF Track & Field Stadium

Epilepsy is a fairly common neurological disorder that affects 65 million people around the world. In the United States, it affects about 3 million people.

Anyone can develop epilepsy, but it's more common in young children and older adults. It occurs slightly more in males than in females. Even though there's no cure for epilepsy, the disorder can be managed with medications and other strategies.

ESF's vision is to have all those affected by epilepsy and other seizure disorders living in West Central Florida feel empowered to achieve their full potential, so they can live a healthy, productive and satisfying life within a supportive community.

ESF also offers accurate and up-to-date information about epilepsy, as well as support, encouragement and hope to people who find themselves struggling with the day-to-day challenges and fears associated with this condition.

The Epilepsy Services Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of persons directly affected by epilepsy and / or who reflect the diversity of the communities in which the foundation serves.

President Callan "Cal" Albritton currently works for the United States Attorney's Office in Tampa. He previously

worked for Judge Anthony Porcelli, Federal Magistrate Judge and for Wiand Guerra King, LLC. "Cal" has served on the board since 2014. Board's Vice President Kim Radcliffe has a son with epilepsy and works for CITIBANK. Alysia Peddy, the Board's secretary, is the mother of two children with epilepsy and works at Peddy Lumber. Other board members have either been diagnosed with epilepsy or are closely related to someone who is. So the Board of Directors and other members know very well all the struggles of this chronic medical condition and its repercussions.

The Epilepsy Services Foundation is a proud partner with Camp Boggy Creek, which took place at the end of June, and had over 125 members in attendance from all over Florida. The Epilepsy Week at Camp Boggy Creek is designated for children and teens with epilepsy, ages 7-16. 

At Camp Boggy Creek participants are guaranteed a safe, life-enriching, fun-filled time and are able to meet other campus who have the same medical condition. To learn more about Camp Boggy Creek and to register your child or teen for next year's camp get online and  visit their website:
www.boggycreek.org.

One great thing the Epilepsy Services Foundation does is help raise funds to provide scholarships for kids diagnosed with epilepsy to attend Camp Boggy Creek, Epilepsy Family Retreat weekends, Rotary's Camp Florida and Deliver the Dream Camp.

The next Epilepsy Family Retreat Weekend is August 18-20, 2017 so make sure to mark your calendar! The retreat is hosted by the Epilepsy Services Foundation and takes place at Deliver the Dream Center in Haines City, FL. Deliver the dream is a non-barrier facility and serves persons with special needs. The Retreat Weekend is dedicated to epilepsy families. It enables families to "regain strength, mend spirits and just be families again." To apply go to: 

www.deliverthedream.org. For more information you can contact Tom Orth at

813.374.8907 or by emailing him at torth@epilepsysf.org.

The Epilepsy Services Foundation also raises funds for college scholarships in order to assist students affected by epilepsy to be able to pursue a college degree. ESF gives special medical scholarships to those future college students who decide to pursue a medical degree in the field of neurology. ESF also provides funding for medical support services.

Another fun and upcoming event that ESF is sponsoring is the "ESF SeptemBEERfest" which will take place

September 23 at 5:00pm. This is a fundraising event to showcase local brew clubs in around the Tampa Bay area. Tickets are $25, and guests will be able to taste 25 local craft beers, vote for their favorite ones and have the opportunity to win some amazing raffle prizes. The fun continues with complimentary food and beverages, face painting for kids and a silent auction.

Southern Brewing and Winemaking hosts this annual event. The location is 4500 North Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603. For more information about this beer festival and other upcoming fundraising events please contact ESF at 813.374.8907 or email Tom at torth@epilepsysf.org.

The Epilepsy Services Foundation is a volunteer-driven organization. If you would like to become a volunteer or if you wish to donate to this wonderful non-profit organization and its incredible cause and services please log on to http://epilepsysf.org/

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