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"The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to stop seizures and SUDEP, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies."



Sharon’s Ride. Run. Swim. Walk will be held on Saturday, September 12th at SIU-E to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois. The event is done in memory of Sharon Rosenfeld who cared deeply about epilepsy and helmet safety.

Please participate in ANY or ALL events offered on the day of the Triathlon. All events will be professionally timed.

RIDE - 20 mile bike ride on trails around Southern Illinois

RUN - 5K run

SWIM - 300 yards in an indoor competition pool at SIUE

WALK - for those who do not want to compete but enjoy a walk around the magnificent setting. Bring a friend, sibling, son/daughter, or spouse and enjoy the day while making a difference!


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The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois participates in at least two support/social groups each month. Each activity provides a safe and fun-filled experience while in a group setting. Participants in these groups are always excited to participate in the activities and to find out what is scheduled for the upcoming month.

For the month of July, we had the opportunity to go to the Missouri Botanical Gardens, as well as have a Bingo Game at the Main Office.

If you would like to participate in these activities, please contact Janet Shearrer at (618) 236-2181 ext. 114.



The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Foundation has announced that Mr. Alex Houston of Winfield, Illinois, has been awarded the SARA ELIZABETH STUBBLEFIELD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP for Persons with Epilepsy.  This scholarship is a $2,000 award.

In information provided by Matthew Flanigan, Secretary of the Foundation, Mr. Houston was selected from a large competitive group of applicants on the basis of his outstanding academic performance in high school and service to Epilepsy Foundation causes.  Flanigan noted that Mr. Houston, as an epilepsy advocate, had spoken at greater Chicago events, in the State Capitol in Springfield, and in the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. Houston also has been a volunteer in the Parkinson’s disease and in juvenile diabetes areas, and plans to continue his volunteer efforts in the future. Alex will attend the College of DuPage, and do a joint major in communications/ public relations.

The Foundation renewed the scholarship award of Ms. Jenna Pedersen of St. Charles, Illinois.  Ms. Pedersen received the scholarship award in 2012, 2013, 2014, and will complete her education this year at Illinois State University, with a degree in special education. The Foundation also renewed the scholarship of Mr. John Shearer of Gurnee, Illinois, a recipient for 2013, and 2014.  Mr. Shearer will continue his education at Carthage College, where he is majoring in marketing. In addition, the Foundation renewed the scholarship award of Mr. Sam Michelhaugh of Freeport, Illinois, the 2014 awardee.  Mr. Michelhaugh will continue his education at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he is studying pre-med, with the goal of becoming a neurologist.

Flanigan pointed out that the assets of the Foundation permitted funding both Ms. Pedersen for a fourth year, and Mr. Shearer for a third year, and Mr. Michelhaugh for a second year.  It is hoped that in addition to selecting an academic winner each year, the Foundation will be able to continue funding previous years’ winners for the 4 years of their undergraduate education.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation, and is funded by donations from the general public.

The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship Foundation awards a $2,000 scholarship every year to a deserving student who is living with epilepsy.  Students should consult their local guidance counselors.  Next year’s applications are due at the end of April 2016. 



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Call us at (618) 236-2181 ext. 111 to receive your card.


SEIZURE MEDICATION LIST medications do you or your loved one take to control epilepsy? Do you know the adverse effects of those medications or the potential drug interactions?  Take a look at this in-depth list of seizure medications provided to you by the Epilepsy Foundation. Treatments are available that can successfully control seizures for most people with epilepsy. The first treatment is almost always one of the many seizure medications that are now available. Each medicine tends to work better with certain kinds of seizures than for others. If one treatment fails, another may be work better. Click here to view more information about the medication you or someone you love is taking. 


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