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  • Thank you so much for all your help. I can't wait to get the EMFIT Monitor set up and try to get Ben in his crib and sleeping a little more safely. I can't believe how quick this happened. What a blessing. I can't think you all enough. We are off in the morning for Ben's brain MRI, they are going to put him to sleep, and then we also have to go back in the hospital for a two day VEEG, so knowing we are going to get home with some added comfort while he sleeps is such a relief
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  • My family and I are waiting to receive the EMFIT monitor that your Foundation helped provide for my Neveah. Throughout her ups and downs Neveah is a happy little girl with autism and  fighting her seizures since the age of 3 years old. Sometimes our nights would turn into morning because I am so afraid to go to sleep, sometimes I catch myself jumping out of my bed running into her room because I fell asleep in my room . I never thought after hearing about the EMFIT Monitor that we would have the opportunity and privilege to have one for her. But thanks to your Foundation, you're making a difference in the life of those affected  by seizure disorders. Your generosity of donations will give hope and a little piece of mind to those families like mine.  Also the process has been easy and stress free.  I thank you so much as we are all very grateful to be a part of JoshProvides Foundation. Joselyn ( Mom) Pedro (Dad). Pedro (brother). Jonas.(little brother) and Neveah  from our family, we say THANK YOU so much,  this is a blessing  
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  • I was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 2 and I am now 24. Although I have tried many medications and surgery we have never been able to fully control my seizures. Where my seizures are coming from is so deep in my brain that all the doctors and EEGs I have done have never been able to locate the focal point of the seizures. I started going to a new doctor in 2011 at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, FL. After an EEG evaluation my doctor told me that I needed to go up to Ohio where they have better testing that they don’t have in Florida. I was excited about the potential to really get some answers and have more treatment options. I had to fight with my insurance company for over a year to go out of state and then finally decided to change insurance so that we would be able to go to Ohio and have the treatment covered. In March 2014 I finally made it to Ohio. On this 8 day trip I received a surgical evaluation that included a four night stay at the hospital where I had an EEG, MEG scan, and Ictal pect test done. Although this helped them find more information about where my seizures were coming from they still could not fully identify the area where my seizures were coming from but they did narrow it down to three places they thought the focal point was. The doctors said that in order for them to know the exact focal point they would need me to have what is called in depth electrodes or SEEG surgery. I was really excited to go forward and have the surgery! I would hopefully get some answers about if I was a surgical candidate and where my seizures were coming from by placing the electrodes in my brain instead of on my head to catch seizure activity. This surgery they only do in Ohio so I would need to fly back in June in order to have the surgery. Traveling to Ohio was very expensive with the cost of the flight, food, lodging, etc. Our medical bills were also piling up and with all these thousands of dollars we simply didn’t have the money for my mom and I to travel back in June for the surgery. I told this to my doctor and he told me about JoshProvides. When I called JoshProvides, Bruce was so nice and told me about the process to apply. I sent my application in and few days later they called and told me that they were going to pay for our plane tickets! Now I would be able to go back to Ohio to have the surgery! This meant more to me than I can express in words. JoshProvides gave me the opportunity to find answers that no one had been able to give me. My SEEG surgery went well and they were able to catch seizures and find the exact focal point where each of my seizures were coming from! They did a few different tests also to find out if there was functioning in that area. The doctors came back and had the best news I could have hoped for! They are able to take out the piece of my brain where the seizures are coming from!!! The doctors are very hopeful I will be seizure free after the surgery in August! Without JoshProvides I would never have been able to find out this life changing news! I am forever thankful for the assistance JoshProvides gave to me. They truly made a big impact on my journey to become seizure free and I am so inspired by their amazing story and how they are changing the lives people with epilepsy every day!
6Shortly after Josh passed away, Sandi, Nicole and Bruce Chapnick (the “Chapnick Family”) established the Joshua David Chapnick Memorial Fund (“JDCMF”) with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County (“CFSC”) in honor and memory of Josh who died from a fatal seizure. CFSC is a tax-exempt organization under IRC Section 501(c)(3) and a public charity under IRC Section 509(a)(1) or (2)…read more

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The charitable purpose of JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation (“JoshProvides Foundation” or “Foundation”) is to educate, increase awareness, and provide financial assistance for people living with epilepsy and seizure disorders and their families…read more

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JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation (“Foundation” or “JoshProvides”) organized its first EPILEPSY SUPPORT GROUP for the greater Sarasota/Manatee County, Florida area for the benefit of those living with epilepsy and their families on January 15, 2013. Monthly meetings are held on the first Monday of each month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, at 2033 Main Street, Suite 301, Center Pointe Building, Sarasota, FL 34237.

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JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation is a Florida not-for-profit corporation. The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has determined that the Foundation is exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3)…

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