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EFGSI MISSION STATEMENT The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research.
The Epilepsy Foundaton of Greater Southern Illinois (EFGSI) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 voluntary health/social service organization serving 34 counties in the Greater Southern Illinois area with offices in Belleville and Mt. Vernon, Illinois.
One out of every 100 people has epilepsy, with 80% of the cases diagnosed in childhood. Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of the central nervous system characterized by seizures. Epilepsy is not a disease, and therefore, there is no "cure" for eplepsy. Even though there is no cure for epilepsy,in many cases, complete control can be brought about. EFGSi is dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy in helping individuals and their families live well with epilepsy.
EFGSI offers a full range of services to help families deal with the many issues of epilepsy. EFGSI takes pride in offering the full continuum of services - from basic information and referrral to the other end of the spectrum of 24 hour residential services. Our services include case management, professional and public epilepsy education, support groups, information newsletter, epilepsy advocacy, residential services, a summer children's camp program, and a support network.