As 2016 comes to a close, it is the perfect time to reflect upon the year that we are leaving behind us... and what a full year it has been! We’ve been fortunate enough to expand our programs for our clients and branch our events out into areas previously unvisited within our 11-county service area. This year 294 school nurses and personnel received advanced training on epilepsy first aid as one of our many free programs offered within our service area. Our Mud Volleyball Fundraiser was the largest and most successful it has ever been. And we are excited to announce a new event series within the Flame of Hope program: the GLO series.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio is proud to have hosted the Studio E art therapy program for its third year. Adding a spring Studio E session provided opportunity for new participants to discover the many benefits of art expression! Participant feedback has been overwhelmingly positive so we plan to offer two sessions again in 2017! Many clients and community members also came to volunteer for our events this year, making what we do possible. We are so thankful for the incredible support that we share with our clients and we are even more grateful to call them our friends.
With every interaction, I am deeply touched by the sense of glowing care within our community. We are fortunate enough to have new and returning partners who assist with spreading our message throughout our 11 counties. We have made new connections in several different towns, including Dayton, Springfield, Botkins, Enon, Greenfield, and Troy. Each of these connections strengthens our community, helps to spread hope, and brings promise to what we can develop in the future.
Our future is looking brighter than ever before! Exciting plans for growth and expansion are underway. Developments include program expansion, new therapies, and even possible research studies. We look forward to building our future and invite you to join us in whatever way you can.
Finally, it must be said how eternally thankful we are to YOU – each person who has supported us throughout the years and those who have just joined the cause of epilepsy awareness. We thank you for your support and humbly ask that you continue to help us accomplish our mission by donating in any way you can. You are the reason we are able to keep the flame of hope alight for the many people out there who are seeking it. Every effort and donation makes a tremendous difference. We thank you!
May your holiday season be merry, warm, and bright. And may your new year be full of glowing promise and prosperity.