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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."



Trudy BaxterThe Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois, a nonprofit organization serving individuals with epilepsy as well as other developmental disabilities since 1976, has announced the selection of Trudy L. Baxter as its new Executive Director. Trudy has filled the vacancy created by Ellen Becker’s departure last month. The selection was made after a regional search and selection process, during which Trudy served as Director of Programs and Services for the organization.

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” reported Mike Buehlhorn, Board President. “Trudy will bring leadership and creativity to the programs and a deep sense of commitment to our cause. She has served the Epilepsy Foundation at all program, fundraising, executive and leadership levels, and has a breadth of perspective and experience.”

Trudy’s resume includes a long history of dedication to helping individuals with developmental disabilities at various levels.
“I look forward to continuing to serve the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois in this new capacity,” remarks Trudy. “I am dedicated to this agency because it provides a vital human service for individuals who live with epilepsy as well as other developmental disabilities and enriches our community by ensuring critical resources/training is available. The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois plays a key role in maintaining and enhancing the “quality of life” of individuals who live with epilepsy.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization providing a full spectrum of services not limited to but including a twenty four hour residential program, case management, unregistered consumer assistance, emergency medications, summer camp for children, and resources, education, and consulting support for the Southern Illinois Region.



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Walking the Dog

Everyone enjoyed Sara's Walk/Run earlier in June. Even the little dog in the picture enjoyed the day. This event benefitted the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinios - Southern Region office in Mount Vernon.

Read the article written by the Daily Egyptian newspaper about the event.

Click here to see more pictures from the event.


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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