Epilepsy Association of Utah

Your EAU

The Epilepsy Association of Utah is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support services for people living with epilepsy, educate the community about epilepsy and assist in raising funds for research.

Since 1973, The Association has worked tirelessly to enhance communication with the community, assuring people living with epilepsy no longer have to live in fear that: their seizures will be joked about, they will be discriminated against and/or they are the only ones with the condition. Approximately 106,000 people in Utah have a diagnosis of epilepsy and, it is estimated, this number will increase significantly as the population ages.

Epilepsy is, simply put, an electrical disruption in the brain. 1 in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime and 1 in 26 (1) will be officially diagnosed with epilepsy. It is the fourth most common neurological condition behind Alzheimer’s, Migraine and Stroke. Its prevalence is greater than cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease combined (2). The earliest recorded mention of epilepsy dates back to 1067 BC to a Babylonian tablet of medicine (3) housed in the British Museum. It is a condition as old as man himself.

The Association holds several fundraisers, an educational conference, support groups, a camp for teens with epilepsy, Seizure Smart complimentary training, and many other events to help raise awareness throughout the year.

Thank You,

The Epilepsy Association of Utah


 

(1)Estimating risk for developing epilepsy, A population-based study in Rochester, Minnesota.D.C. Hesdorffer, PhD, G. Logroscino, MD, E.K.T. Benn, MPH, N. Katri,G. Cascino, MD and W.A. Hauser, MD http://neurology.org/content/76/1/23.abstract
(2)Epilepsy Foundation of America. http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/aboutepilepsy/
(3)A DISEASE ONCE SACRED. A HISTORY OF THE MEDICAL UNDERSTANDING OF EPILEPSYBy Mervyn J. Eadie and Peter F. Bladin2001. Eastleigh: John Libbey. Pp. 248.ISBN 0‐86196‐607‐4.http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/125/2/441.full