Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central PA The Mission: To stop seizures, find a cure, and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy. What It’s Doing: November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. To spread the word, the nonprofit is launching a variety of programs, including a new respite care program. Its goal is to provide help for 150 families with children who have seizures and need short term or intermittent care. Who It’s Helping: Every year, approximately 2,500 families across Western and Central PA who are affected by epilepsy/ seizure disorders rely on the foundation. And, with one in 26 adults experiencing seizures in their lifetime, the group’s community education programs are crucial. How to Help: Make a monetary donation online, volunteer at a special event, or attend a social event. The 21st Annual Mardi Gras Gala takes place February 17 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. PLUS: The nonprofit’s other programs include Project School Alert, which provides free training for students and faculty members in schools; Camp Frog, a fully integrated, one-week camp for kids with epilepsy; and the Oscar Project, which provides help for those who want a seizure response dog. Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central PA, The Cardello Building, 1501 Reedsdale St., Suite 3002. North Shore. 412.322.5880. efwp.org.
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