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Empowering Epilepsy Named Beachwood Chamber of Commerce's "Non-Profit of the Year" for 2023

Updated: Apr 4

Empowering Epilepsy, a leading non-profit public charity organization based in Cleveland, Ohio, is proud to announce that it has been nominated and selected as the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce's "Non-Profit of the Year" for 2023. This prestigious award recognizes Empowering Epilepsy's exceptional dedication, hard work, and commitment to empowering individuals living with epilepsy and their families. 


Empowering Epilepsy award group

Founded in 2014, Empowering Epilepsy has been instrumental in providing free or low-cost programs, events, conferences, and services to help people with epilepsy discover what they can achieve while living with seizures. The organization's mission is to show people with epilepsy and their loved ones what they CAN do to take charge of their lives. 


Leigh Goldie, M.Ed., Founder, and Executive Director of Empowering Epilepsy expressed gratitude for the recognition, stating, "This award is a testament to the tireless efforts of our team, volunteers, and supporters. We are honored to be acknowledged by the Chamber of Commerce and are grateful for the opportunity to continue making a positive impact in the lives of those affected by epilepsy." 


The award was presented at the Spirit of Success Awards Banquet on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at the Cleveland Marriott East 26300 Harvard Rd, Warrensville Heights, OH 44122


Beachwood Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Success Award 2023

Beachwood Chamber of Commerce Spritit of Success Cermeony

Empowering Epilepsy's programs include free or low-cost conferences, sessions, and support groups led by epilepsy specialists from Level 3 and 4 Epilepsy Centers. The organization's headquarters also hosts art therapy, special events, educational sessions, and classes aimed at improving participants' mind, body, and spirit. 


About Empowering Epilepsy 

Since its founding in Cleveland, Ohio in 2014, the non-profit organization, Empowering Epilepsy has provided free or low-cost programs, events, conferences, and services to help people with epilepsy discover what they can do while living with seizures. 


The facts about epilepsy illustrate the need for Empowering Epilepsy’s services at its Beachwood headquarters:  


  • Epilepsy impacts over 65,000 people and their families in Northeast Ohio, and over 3.4M people nationwide. 

  • 1 in 10 people will experience a seizure in their lifetime, 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy.  

  • Every year, according to the CDC, more people die from epilepsy (50,000) than breast cancer (40,000). 

Epilepsy is a chronic disease that is not easily understood, with over 40 different types of seizures and syndromes. Since people cannot always see or detect the seizures, many people that have never experienced them have a difficult time understanding epilepsy.


Empowering Epilepsy's goal is to help educate the public about epilepsy, find ways to live well with seizures, and to provide opportunities for people with epilepsy to discover what they can do, while creating positive, lasting memories.  

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