February, 2012

EACF names Teri Reed new Board President

EACF names Teri Reed new Board President

Please welcome the newest¬†Epilepsy Association of Central Florida¬†Board President, Teri Reed. At the Board of Directors meeting held on February 16, 2012, Teri Reed was named the new Board President for 2012. Below is a picture of last year’s president, Sean Fitzgerald, literally passing the gavel on to Teri. Read more about Teri, Sean and the rest of our amazing board members...

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J.T. Thomas’ Visit

J.T. Thomas’ Visit

Here is the video and images from J.T. Thomas’ visit to the EACF. We all had a great time and wish J.T. success in the NFL and all the best for his foundation!

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Mother Gives Birth To A Movement

Mother Gives Birth To A Movement

A Daughter’s Struggle With Seizures Spurs An Orlando Woman To Create A Wide-ranging Epilepsy-support Network. May 09, 1993 | By Nancy Imperiale of The Sentinel Staff Merle Evanchyk has never carried a child in her womb, felt a labor pain or nursed a newborn. Yet she is every bit a mother. And not just because she has raised children – although she has done that. She also raised a grandchild. But 71-year-old Evanchyk is more widely appreciated on this day for giving birth to a multimillion-dollar, multidimensional baby – Florida’s epilepsy-support movement. This helping network lobbies for people with epilepsy and provides a multitude of services, from medical screening to job assistance to educating the public about the disorder. It all began simply as some desperate parents crowded around Evanchyk’s kitchen table in her Orlando home, seeking answers to a bunch of mysterious symptoms that threatened their children. ”There are a lot of mothers, and fathers too, who owe an awful lot to Merle Evanchyk,” said Charles Gray, an Orlando lawyer whose daughter has epilepsy. ”If ever there was a local Mother Teresa, she would be it.” Evanchyk – a gray-haired woman who favors polyester prints and pearls, giggles a lot and swims in her spare time – didn’t set out to be dubbed the ”Mother of Florida’s Epilepsy Movement.” She just wanted to be a mother. But even that came unexpectedly. In 1947 she and husband Charles ”Chick” Evanchyk were living in Cincinnati when they got a call from a local orphanage where Merle was a volunteer. The orphanage had two babies – a 17-month-old boy and his 4-month-old sister – whose parents had abandoned them. The boy was extremely upset. Could the couple take the little ones home temporarily? ”But the minute you held them, you knew they were yours forever,” said Evanchyk. The couple adopted the babies and named them Larry and Linda. It wasn’t long before Evanchyk noticed something unsettling about her daughter. As a baby, Linda would sometimes stiffen in her mother’s arms. When she was older, she would run in from playing, plop on the couch, stick her thumb in her mouth, stare ahead and rock back and forth, oblivious. At school, teachers sent home notes: ”Linda’s disruptive. She misbehaves.” Doctors would say, ”Oh, kids do these kind of things.” Some recommended a psychiatrist. Then, in 1960, Evanchyk awoke in the middle of...

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Purple Day 2012 is Coming!

Purple Day 2012 is Coming!

Purple Day is a grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26, people from around the globe are asked to wear purple and spread the word about epilepsy. The Anita Kaufmann Foundation has teamed up with epilepsy organizations from around the world to help make Purple Day one of the largest […]

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