The goal of the Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida is to assist in the process of empowering our patients toward self -management in order to be able to lead as close to a normal life as possible. With appropriate and effective diagnosis and treatment we regularly experience this outcome.
According to a recent report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), epilepsy is the nation's fourth most common neurological disorder after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer's disease. Epilepsy is a complex spectrum of disorders that affects millions of people in a variety of ways and is characterized by unpredictable seizures that differ in type, cause and severity. Living with epilepsy is much more than just seizures. The disorder is often defined in practical terms such as challenges in school, uncertainties about social situations and employment, limitations on driving and questions about independent living.
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County Hurricane Relief and Recovery Fund awarded Epilepsy Services with a $500 grant to help cover costs related to damage at our Naples office caused by Hurricane Irma last summer. The storm caused significant roof damage to the complex housing our office suite in Naples and as a result it was necessary to move operations there to another nearby building. The funds helped cover the cost of the move, phone re-connection and replacement of some of the office furniture and equipment which sustained water damage.
Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Sarasota based Wilson-Wood Foundation to help with costs associated with client case management.
"We are extremely grateful to the Wilson-Wood Foundation for its support of our program," said ESSWFL executive director Kevin Lindberg. "Support like this helps to assure that we can take on all eligible clients and avoid any delays in treatment."
The Bernard and Mildred Doyle Charitable Trust Selection Committee awarded Epilepsy Services a grant for $4,000 to help cover costs associated with providing critical medical and case management services for the under-served population diagnosed with epilepsy. The grant will provide assistance for empowering patients toward self-management in order for them to lead as close to normal a life as possible.
The Selby Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida to assist with the cost of new office furniture. The majority of the funding will be used to upgrade the agency's reception and waiting areas.
Epilepsy Services recently moved into 1000 square feet in the Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center. "This gift helps us in our efforts to create the most efficient and professional office environment that we can," explained executive director Kevin Lindberg. "We are very grateful for the support of Selby."
Kevin Lindberg, the Executive Director of Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida received a check for $7,500 from Dane Way representing Coastline Cyclery in Fort Myers. Coastline Cyclery sponsored The Tour for Epilepsy, an annual cycling event in Fort Myers, to support the programs and services of Epilepsy Services in Lee County.
When you support Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida, you help nearly 600 local patients who have no place else to go. Epilepsy is a disorder of the central nervous system and the brain's electrical system. It is characterized by unpredictable seizures that vary in cause and severity. It can mean challenges in school and on the job, uncertainties in social situations, limitations on driving and difficulties with independent living. For many of our clients outcomes also include a reduction in seizures and fewer visits to the emergency room.
Your tax deductible gift to Epilepsy Services will help to assure that all of those who can benefit from our services will have access to the program. Adequate funding assures that nobody who qualifies for the program is turned away or put on a waiting list.
Will you please consider helping us by making a financial gift to Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida today? Click to DONATE to make a gift or you can make a credit card donation by phone by calling (941) 953-5988 x303.