MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH EPILEPSY

BECAUSE OF YOUR SUPPORT

Please take a moment to see these touching stories from those who have been directly impacted by the support of generous donors like you. Without the Taste of Love these stories would not be possible, your support is needed now more than ever to create opportunities, raise awareness and educate the public on epilepsy to reduce stigma and improve lives.

Meet Nina

Nina is a 19 year old who has lived with epilepsy since birth. Nina has attended Camp Carpe Diem since she was 12 years old. Camp Carpe Diem has helped Nina develop key life skills that she continues to benefit from today. Camp has taught Nina that she can have fun without being worried about her epilepsy. It has shown her that she is not defined by her disability and she can achieve anything she puts her mind to!

Camp is not only important for those living with epilepsy — it is also a huge relief for the parents and caregivers. Nina’s dad, Mark, shared that with camp they never had to be concerned about the medical care because the camp is hosted and staffed by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. They can handle any situation – specifically seizures – with no issue. This ensures the safety of the campers so they may participate in ‘normal’ camp activities like swimming, ropes course, zip lining, horseback riding, etc.

Mark also mentioned that because all the kids there had epilepsy, Nina felt comfortable that everyone there understood and can relate to her epilepsy. Nina was able to spend a week away from her family, that helped her become more independent and comfortable when she is on her own.

Below is Nina’s video sharing her camp experience.

 

The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia is proud to partner with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Camp Twin Lakes to be able to provide funding for camp scholarships so that no camper is denied this experience due to financial restraints. EFGA is grateful to be able to partner with such an amazing facility in Camp Twin Lakes with the camp fully staffed by medical professionals from CHOA.

Camp is critical to every child’s normal life experience – no one should be denied that simply because of their epilepsy. Please consider supporting Camp Carpe Diem today!

Meet AnnaKade

AnnaKade is a high school senior who has lived with epilepsy since age 10. She has dedicated her annual 4H project to raising awareness in her hometown. Through her efforts she has touched thousands of people, sharing epilepsy fact and seizure first aid and connecting with many who were fearful of sharing their epilepsy or their connection to epilepsy because of the stigma still surrounding this condition. In addition to raising awareness, AnnaKade also raised an astonishing $18,000+ over the course of 3 years — what is most impressive is her achievement in 2020 of $11,100 in the midst of a pandemic. We are so grateful to have an advocate like AnnaKade, please take a moment to watch her video.

WE WILL MISS SEEING YOU AT WHAT WOULD BE THE 18TH ANNUAL TASTE OF LOVE!

TASTE OF LOVE SUPPORT IS CRITICAL TO YEAR-ROUND EFFORTS

The Taste of Love, an elegant black tie event that is typically held in February at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, features gourmet dining, premium wine parings, live entertainment, a top-notch silent and live auction and the chance to dance the night away. All proceeds from the event benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia. Unfortunately due to the pandemic the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia regrets to say this event will not happen in 2021, though we do hope you will join us again in 2022!

As the signature fundraising event for the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia, the Taste of Love directs all proceeds to helping prevent, control and cure epilepsy through education, advocacy, services, employment services, camp scholarships, and medication funds as well as ensuring that Georgians with seizure disorders are able to participate in all life experiences.

View our stories below to learn more about the impact that the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia is able to make in the lives of people living with epilepsy because of funds raised at Taste of Love each year!

The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia is a charitable non-profit, volunteer and professional organization committed to the prevention and control of epilepsy, and to helping improve the lives of people who have epilepsy.

EFGA is a statewide voluntary health organization dedicated to the prevention and cure of seizure disorders, the alleviation of its effects and the promotion of independence and optimal quality of life for the people who have these disorders.

Through its community involvement with employers, teachers, law enforcement officials, health care professionals and individuals with epilepsy and their families, the foundation is active in a broad range of programs. These programs include information and education, advocacy, camp scholarships, and the delivery of specialized services.