The Epilepsy Foundation's mission is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. For more than five decades, the Epilepsy Foundation has shone a light on epilepsy. The Foundation and its nationwide network of nearly 50 partners connect people to treatment, support and resources; leads advocacy efforts; funds innovative research and the training of specialists, and educates the public about epilepsy and seizure first aid.

Their local network provides direct services and connections in communities across the United States for individuals and families impacted by seizures and epilepsy. Each local Foundation provides education and outreach to community organizations like school systems, emergency services, and local governments.

Additionally, The Foundation provides educational support for individuals and families to help make sure they can manage and control their seizures to the best of their ability. Special initiatives help individuals and caregivers improve their overall health and raise awareness about the risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). In addition, we educate the general public to help improve understanding of epilepsy, seizure recognition, and first aid. Epilepsy.com is the largest online education and community portal in the world for epilepsy education and awareness, with over 19 million global visitors a year.

Giving to the Epilepsy Foundation means you make the world a better, easier, more manageable place for the 3.4 million people in the U.S. who are living with epilepsy and seizures.

Quick Stats on Epilepsy:

  • 65 MILLION: Number of people around the world who have epilepsy.

  • 3.4 MILLION: Number of people in the United States who have epilepsy.

  • 470,000: Number of children in the United States who have epilepsy.

  • 1 IN 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.

  • BETWEEN 4 AND 10 OUT OF 1,000: Number of people on earth who live with active seizures at any one time.

  • 150,000: Number of new cases of epilepsy in the United States each year

  • ONE-THIRD: Number of people with epilepsy who live with uncontrollable seizures because no available treatment works for them.

  • 6 OUT OF 10: Number of people with epilepsy where the cause is unknown.