To lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures and save lives.
Three simple words define the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado: Empowering, Connecting, and Educating. We empower people affected by epilepsy with knowledge, resources, and advocacy to live their best lives. We connect people to healthcare providers, support networks, and a listening ear. And we educate schools, employers, and the community at large, to reduce stigma and raise awareness. For more than 50 years, we have remained committed to our mission, and we will not rest until we achieve a world free from seizures.
We are a nonprofit, charitable agency, designated as a 501 (c) 3 organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible as allowed by law.
EFCO was founded in 1964 by Dr. Harriet Hunter. Working from her basement, Dr. Hunter and a group of loyal volunteers began providing counseling and support for people living with epilepsy. As the organization's reputation grew, permanent staff was hired, office space secured and strong programs developed. This evolution continues as the Foundation's resources and funding has more than doubled in the past six years. The Foundation maintains strong working relationships with all major health care institutions serving people with epilepsy and continues to develop meaningful programs in response to the voices of people living with epilepsy and their families.
"Our son had febrile seizures at 19 months of age and was diagnosed with epilepsy at the young age of 12. We went through the myriad of medical tests, specialists, inpatient admissions and subsequent surgery at various facilities around the country. Given our experiences, we understand that epilepsy affects the entire family, not just the person with the condition. We did not hear about the Epilepsy Foundation until my son passed away from SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death from Epilepsy) and are now aware of the fabulous support and programs that EFCO offers to those who have epilepsy and their families. We want to be involved and show that our son did not die in vain." (Mark Stevenson, EFCO Board Member)