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10 Sep


Recent Advances in Epilepsy – October 25, 2014

September 10, 2014 | By |

Save the date! The Epilepsy Foundation is proud to announce an upcoming conference on recent advances in epilepsy! This conference will focus primarily on advances in adult epilepsy, and will feature topics such as surgical options, traumatic brain injury, and alternative medicine. Lunch will be provided. Visit our Educational Conferences page for details.

25 Apr


Black & Purple Ball

April 25, 2014 | By |

Saturday, September 19, 2015 – Grayhawk Golf Club

Registration for the 2015 Gala will be available soon!

The annual Black & Purple Ball is a highly anticipated social event which bonds a community in support of a great cause.

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25 Apr


Get Seizure Smart

April 25, 2014 | By |

School Nurse Continuing Education – Managing Students with Seizures

The Epilepsy Foundation and National Association of School Nurses (NASN) partner to provide a school nurse continuing education program titled “Managing Students with Seizures: A Training for School Nurses.” NASN involvement insures that objectives and content are specifically designed to meet the real and immediate needs of school nurses.

Objectives of the program include:

  • Recognize seizures and their impact
  • Know current treatment options and their safe effects
  • Know appropriate first aid
  • Develop a seizure action plan
  • Understand key elements of a training for teachers and other school personnel

This training is designed to provide the school nurse with information, strategies, and resources that enable him/her to better manage students with seizures by:

  • Supporting positive treatment outcomes
  • Maximizing educational and developmental opportunities
  • Creating a safe and supportive environment

Managing Students with Seizures is a continuing education program for school nurses.  The 3 ½ hour train-the-trainer program features a neuro-nurse explaining aspects of epilepsy, seizure types, diagnosis, treatment, and first aid for the student having a seizure. A school nurse presenter will train attendees on methods for re-teaching the curriculum to school administrators, teachers and students.

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Let’s Get Seizure Smart

This program for school personnel is 60 minutes long, but you can leave and come back; the program will save your progress. You will take a short test before the program just to see how much you currently know about seizures and epilepsy, and one following the program to see how much you’ve learned.

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Request Seizure Smart Training

Complete the form below and we’ll work with you to schedule training.

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25 Apr


Educational Conferences

April 25, 2014 | By |

Growing Up With Epilepsy – Tucson Forum – March 7, 2015

For any questions, please contact the Foundation at or call 602-406-3581.


Phoenix Children’s Hospital Conference – April 18, 2015


For any questions, please contact the Foundation at or call 602-406-3581.

25 Apr



April 25, 2014 | By |

Amber SweeneyAmber Sweeney Memorial Scholarship

The Amber Sweeney Memorial Scholarship assists an individual with epilepsy to continue her/his education. The scholarship is in memory of Amber Sweeney (pictured), a Prescott resident who died as a result of a seizure.

College students currently under the care of a physician for their epilepsy are eligible.  Students must be a resident of Arizona and attending an accredited Arizona college. The application deadline is June 30.

Click Here to Download a PDF version of the application

Click Here to Download a Word version of the application


UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program

This scholarship offers an excellent opportunity to people with epilepsy and to their family members and caregivers. There are twenty $5,000 scholarships for people with epilepsy and ten $5,000 awards to family members or caregivers of people with epilepsy. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal and permanent resident of the United States. A program description and requirement to apply can be found on the UCB website at

For more information about scholarship opportunities, contact the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona at (602) 406-3581 or

25 Apr


Youth & Teen Programs

April 25, 2014 | By |

Camp Candlelight

(Ages 8-17) – For over ten years, Camp Candlelight has provided a fun, educational, and safe camp experience for children with epilepsy.  Camp Candlelight is one week summer camp featuring activities such as rock climbing, ropes courses, archery, arts and crafts and nature hikes, as well as many other activities.  In addition to a wide variety of activities, Camp Candlelight offers the chance to bond with other children who have a first-hand understanding of life with epilepsy.  Campers range in age from 8 to 15, and teens aged 16 and 17 have the opportunity to become counselors-in-training, learning important skills such as mentorship and leadership. For more information, please visit the Camp Candlelight page.


Take Charge of the Storm

(Ages 11-18) – Seizures and You: Take Charge of the Storm is an epilepsy awareness program targeting teens and pre-teens. Students who complete this program will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of epilepsy as a medical condition, identify and learn about different types of seizures and know what to do and what not to do when someone is having a seizure.


Arizona Youth Leadership Council

Arizona Youth Council provides a venue for youth mentorship. Youth Council members serve as ambassadors or public spokespersons for the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona’s mission. Membership in the council includes youth who may or may not have epilepsy.  Members of the Youth Council serve as local program and youth outreach materials advisors.


Teens Speak Up

As part of the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona’s advocacy program, kids with epilepsy from all over the U.S. and their family members attend the Kids Speak Up Program and the Epilepsy Foundation’s Public Policy in Washington, D.C.  The purpose of the dual programs is to bring together people with epilepsy to learn about new approaches to treatments for epilepsy, understand the social impact of epilepsy on the family system, as well as to recognize the power that each one of them has in making a change in epilepsy awareness and understanding. The culmination of the three day weekend are Capitol Hill visits by the kids with epilepsy, their families and affiliate members to bring the messages learned to their respective Senators and Representatives.

25 Apr


Empowerment Groups

April 25, 2014 | By |

Epilepsy is unpredictable and affects the lives of each individual differently. Our empowerment meetings offer a supportive venue that provides the opportunity to meet others affected by epilepsy.

Northeast Valley Empowerment Meeting – All Ages

Third Monday of the month
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Mayo Hospital
5777 E. Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85054
First Floor, Room 220

This group provides the opportunity for people living with epilepsy to meet, share resources, vent, speak with medical professionals and unite.


Harvesting Support for Pediactric Epilepsy  – Children & Adults

Every 2nd Saturday of the month
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
710 W Elliott Rd #103
Tempe, Az 85384

This group provides the opportunity for parents with children who have intractable epilepsy to meet, share resources, vent, and unite.

Central Phoenix Support & Empowerment Group –  All Ages

Second Monday of the month
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
St. Joseph’s
350 W Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Dining Room 1
This group provides the opportunity for people living with epilepsy to meet, share resources, vent, speak with medical professionals and unite.


The East Valley Epilepsy Group- All Ages

Third Thursday of the month
6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
2100 S. Power Road
Mesa, AZ 85209

This group was created in 2010 by a wonderful young woman in the East Valley that wanted to meet other people with epilepsy.


West Valley Empowerment Group – All Ages

First Thursday of the Month
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Banner Thunderbird Hospital- Conference Room 5
5555 W Thunderbird Rd
Glendale AZ 85306

This group provides the opportunity for people living with epilepsy to meet, share resources, vent, speak with medical professionals and unite.

Flagstaff Empowerment Group- All Ages

Second & Fourth Tuesday of the month
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
NAU Communication Building #16. Room 232
307 W. Tormey Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

The ENOW club is a forum for students at NAU, who are advocates for epilepsy,  to meet, share resources, host events , and unite.

24 Apr


Camp Candlelight

April 24, 2014 | By |

Camp Candlelight 2015 will be May 24th – 30th
Camp Sky-Y near Prescott, AZ

For an entire week, children with epilepsy (ages 8-17), enjoy all the fun activities and friendships that come with a classic trip to summer camp. While partaking in camp adventures and entertainment, the children are able to leave behind various challenges epilepsy can bring to their daily lives. At Camp Candlelight, campers are surrounded by dozens of other campers who have epilepsy and share in many of the same experiences stemming from the seizure disorder. Camp is often the first time many children meet others their age with epilepsy. Imagine the unique opportunity children have by not worrying about what people think if they have a seizure or if they will be excluded from activities just because they are different. At Camp Candlelight, epilepsy is the norm.

Camp Candlelight features activities such as: rock climbing, high ropes course, s’mores around the campfire, paintball, swimming, Studio E, epilepsy informational sessions and nature hikes.  More important than the activities, Camp Candlelight is an opportunity to bond with other children who experience a seizure disorder.

* Financial assistance is available for campers who qualify.

To be eligible for Camp Candlelight, a child must:

  • Have a diagnosis of epilepsy or seizure disorders
  • Be ages 8 through 17
  • Be able to feed, bathe, dress and toilet with minimal assistance
  • Work well in small groups

Counselors must be 18 years of age and older.  A limited number of Counselor-in-Training positions exist for those aged 17 or older who have shown leadership ability in their community or as a previous camper.

For more information, please contact the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona at (602) 406-3581 or email us at

Please see Camp Candlelight 2015 Staff and Camper applications below. We prefer that all application documents be filled out on Adobe PDF and emailed to  Please note that there is a $35.00 registration fee for all scholarship applicants only.

Staff: (Due By April 24, 2015)

Staff Application 2015 Cover Ltr

Staff Application 2015

Camper:(Early Registration- Due By April 1, 2015 / Late Registration- April 24, 2015)

Camper Application 2015

Camper Application 2015 Part 2 (Medical)

Camp Scholarship Application 2015





14 Apr



April 14, 2014 | By |

Savers Thrift Superstore has generously partnered with the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona to provide a portion of all proceeds from their Arizona locations. If you have household items you wish to donate, please call 855-336-0212 or visit to schedule your FREE pick-up today. Your gently used items can help the Foundation fund our many programs including Camp Candlelight and Studio-E.

14 Apr



April 14, 2014 | By |

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