The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides support for people with epilepsy and was started in the memory of Chelsea Hutchison – an inspiring teenager who had epilepsy. The foundation raises funds to provide grants for seizure-response dogs and epilepsy monitors, among other endeavors. The group raises awareness, awards wish trips to families, and offers hope to many people living with epilepsy.
The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation website features a lot of details about Chelsea’s life and story that serve to inspire others and provide hope for the future. There are also various resources that can help people with epilepsy including events, seizure-response dogs, movement monitors, and helpful links and resources.
The Foundation hosts many events that raise awareness and funds for epilepsy research. Among them are bingo nights in Aurora, CO and the annual STOMP Out Epilepsy and SUDEP Awareness Walk.
Seizure-Response Dogs and SUDEP
In this section of the website, users can learn about seizure-response dogs and how they can help people with epilepsy survive life-threatening seizures. About 1/3 of epilepsy-related deaths in children are due to SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) and the foundation raises awareness and provides grants for preventative measures including the response dogs that can monitor children at all times. The dogs can alert others to summon help, find a safe space for the person to have a seizure, rouse an unconscious person, and even carry medications.