The Epilepsy Foundation Northwest leads the fight to overcome challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures and save lives.
The Epilepsy Foundation Northwest (EFNW) is the principal advocate for the epilepsy community in Oregon, Washington and Alaska with support to neighboring Northwest states.
Over 65,000 people in Washington, 37,000 people in Oregon, and 7,000 people in Alaska are living with epilepsy or seizure related conditions. The figures reach close to 10,000 in Montana.
The Epilepsy Foundation Northwest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
EFNW hosts a Professional Advisory Board of health care professionals that advise and support the organization, and a Community Leadership Board composed of business professionals, and community leaders and philanthropists.
EFNW offices are located in Seattle (WA), Spokane (WA) and Portland (OR). Affiliated programs and services are located in Anchorage (AK).
EFNW is a stand-alone affiliate of the national Epilepsy Foundation, and works closely with the national foundation to develop and implement programs and services for people with epilepsy in the northwest.
Funding supports the following uncompensated programs and services provided to people with epilepsy and their families:
- Camp Discovery (Annual youth summer camp)
- Helping Other People with Epilepsy (H.O.P.E.) Program (Mentor others and public speaking)
- Speak Up Speak Out (S.U.S.O.) Program (Advocacy and government relations)
- Emergency Medication Assistance (For uninsured, homeless and needy)
- Epilepsy 101 & Seizure Response Training (For public, police, teachers, nurses and employers)
- Teen, Adult, Parent Support Groups (Support groups for people with epilepsy and their families)
- Employment Assistance Programs (Support for employment transition)
- Public Education Programs (Spring and fall conferences about epilepsy)