International Epilepsy Day

Every year on the second Monday of February people join together for International Epilepsy Day, to celebrate and highlight the problems faced by people with epilepsy, their families and carers. Join the epilepsy community around the globe in raising funds for research and spreading epilepsy awareness on International Epilepsy Day.


Set Up a Facebook Fundraiser

Ask your Facebook friends help you fund a cure for epilepsy. Share why raising funds for epilepsy research is so critical and encourage people to donate!

Click here for a detailed guide or set up your fundraiser now.

Spread Awareness on Social Media

3.4 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide are affected by epilepsy. Show your friends, family, and followers how prolific epilepsy is, as well as how vital better treatment options are to so many people around the world. Download and post these images to your social media pages and encourage your friends and families to share:

65 million people worldwide currently live with epilepsy

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3 in 10 cases don’t respond to medication

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1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime
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3.4 million Americans have epilepsy
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Ice Cream for a CURE

Chill out and support epilepsy research at Häagen-Dazs shops in Lincolnwood Town Center and Harlem Irving Plaza on February 10th from 12:30pm – 4:30pm.

Häagen-Dazs is partnering with CURE in honor of International Epilepsy Day on Monday, February 10th. When you donate to CURE at either participating location, you’ll receive 10% off one item.

Spread epilepsy awareness and tell your followers how important epilepsy research is to you by sharing photos and videos on social media! Be sure to tag @CUREforEpilepsy, @haagendazsLTC, and @haagendazsLHIP on Facebook, and @CUREepilepsy, @haagendazsLTC, and @haagendazsHIP on Instagram.

The Häagen-Dazs shops will donate a portion of the day’s sales to CURE.

Häagen-Dazs Harlem Irving Plaza
4156 N Harlem Ave
Norridge, IL 60706
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Häagen-Dazs Lincolnwood Town Center
3333 W Touhy Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
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Quiz for a Cause Trivia Night

Join trivia masters and casual quizzers alike for the Geeks Who Drink Quiz for a Cause, benefiting CURE!

This Quiz for a Cause trivia night covers all topics from celebrity headlines to wordplay to bad television. Whether you’re a geek who loves science, pop culture, sports, or history, there’s a question for you.

When you join us for Quiz for a Cause, you’re automatically eligible to win gift cards to Cortland’s Garage. If each player on your team donates at least $5 to CURE during the event, you’ll also be eligible to win a cash prize of $5 per each team that donated!

The maximum team size is 6 players. If you want to play but don’t have a team, come anyway. We’ll help you get recruited onto an existing team.

Suggested Donation: $5 per person

Kelly Cervantes

Women’s Empowerment Symposium

Ring in the new year alongside an inspirational group of women as they share what helped with their journey of growth and self-care. The #StrengthOfPurpose Women’s Empowerment Symposium features fantastic speakers, lunch, and a gift bag.

Special guest speakers include CURE Board Member Kelly Cervantes, who will present “Finding Your Purpose Through Chaos.” Her talk focuses on owning life’s turbulent moments and letting go of what you can’t control to get the most of every situation no matter how challenging.

Other speakers include:

  • Wendy Borlabi, Chicago Bulls “Being comfortable in being uncomfortable”
  • Ashley Flores, Four Flowers Wellness “Make your heath a priority”
  • Taline Nikolopoulos, Financial Services Professional “Take back control of your money”
  • Lori Sapio, Lori Sapio Photography “Coming back to your voice”

Portions of ticket sales go to CURE and Wisdom Knot.

$125 ticket includes admission, lunch, gift bag

Race for Epilepsy

Race For Epilepsy

Race to raise funds for epilepsy research at this year’s Race for Epilepsy in Washington, NC! In addition to funding critically-needed epilepsy research, Race for Epilepsy aims to increase awareness around how epilepsy stigma can affect employment for those with epilepsy.

This event features a half marathon, 5K run, and fun run/walk:

  • Half Marathon: 7:00am, $50. Price increases after February 1, 2019 at 11:59pm.
  • 5K: 7:00am, $20. Price increases after February 1, 2019 at 11:59pm.
  • Fun Run/Walk: 7:30am, $5. Registration ends February 14, 2019 at 11:59pm.

Funds raised by Race for Epilepsy benefit CURE.

Sunday Brunch Monthly Meetup

For details about this brunch, please request to join this Meetup.

This Meetup group is intended for those in Chicago who are affected by seizures/epilepsy directly or through someone in their lives. We also welcome those interested in learning more about it! 1 in 26 individuals will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. The purpose of the group is to bring young adults affected by seizures/epilepsy together to socialize, find support, learn more about each other’s experiences and to have FUN! This group meets the last Sunday of each month.

Facebook Fundraising


Facebook FundraisingJoin the #GivingTuesday movement on Tuesday, November 27! Your gift will have an even bigger impact on epilepsy research, as a generous donor will match all #GivingTuesday gifts up to $50,000.

And Facebook Fundraisers can have TRIPLE the impact!

When you donate through Facebook, start a Facebook Fundraiser, or donate to one on #GivingTuesday, Facebook and PayPal will match up to $7 million of donations. Facebook donations will be matched dollar for dollar on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 8:00am ET (5:00am PT) on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

Plus, donations made through Facebook will be matched again by a generous donor, giving you the chance to triple your impact!

Processing fees are waived for donations made to CURE through Facebook, ensuring 100% of your gift supports CURE’s mission to find a cure for epilepsy, by promoting and funding patient-focused research.

Nicholas & Jenni Pulos

“Walk With Me” Art Exhibition

Join the host of Bravo’s Flipping Out Jenni Pulos for Walk With Me, a solo art exhibition and cocktail reception featuring work by her nephew Nicholas Kontaxis.

This exclusive, one-night-only event, benefiting CURE, is happening at TAO Chicago on Saturday, November 24 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

Nicholas Kontaxis is an artist with epilepsy who creates beautifully captivating, large-scale abstract paintings characterized by a riot of primary colors. Though he has experienced more than 50,000 seizures in his lifetime, Nicholas continues to create stunning works.

At the cocktail reception, Jenni will speak about the impact epilepsy has had on their family.

Tickets are limited, so secure yours now.

1:26 The Art of Epilepsy

1:26 The Art of Epilepsy in San Francisco

1:26 The Art of EpilepsyJoin The Hidden Truths Project for the 1:26 The Art of Epilepsy art show and wine tasting. This event honors Dan Lowenstein, MD, for the vital work he does to help the epilepsy community.

This will be an evening of inspired artwork created by artists, who span the globe, linked by the common thread of epilepsy, as well as exquisite wine, courtesy of Bluxome Winery. At 1:26 The Art of Epilepsy, you will learn more about this nationwide art event, the fight against epilepsy stigma, and why epilepsy research is so critically needed in the quest for a cure.

The goal of the night is to provide a platform for this diverse population of individuals to let their voices be heard and their stories told. Although each of these artists stories’ are unique, their works become a collective force to combat the injustices, discrimination, and marginalization directed against these individuals, many who continue to live in the shadows of this diagnosis.

Proceeds from 1:26 The Art of Epilepsy benefit CURE.

The original art will be on display and available for sale the night of the event.

In partnership with

A special thank you to the Jerome Foundation, dedicated to the health and well-being of children, for their incredible donation in support of CURE’s mission to fund epilepsy research!


#MugsForAdelaide Giveaway

Enter the #MugsForAdelaide giveaway for the chance to win two tickets to the Chicago production of HAMILTON, as well as a backstage tour with Miguel Cervantes!

Chicago businesses are serving Adelaide’s Blend during Epilepsy Awareness Month to spread awareness around the critical need for a cure. Fairgrounds Coffee created Adelaide’s Blend coffee to raise funds for epilepsy research. This coffee is named in honor of Adelaide Cervantes, daughter of HAMILTON Chicago star Miguel Cervantes and CURE board member Kelly Cervantes. Adelaide has infantile spasms, a rare and severe form of epilepsy.

To enter the giveaway:

  1. Head to a participating location during Epilepsy Awareness Month
  2. Snap a selfie while you’re there with Adelaide’s Blend.
  3. Post your selfie to Instagram with #MugsForAdelaide and mention where you found your cup of Adelaide’s Blend.

The contest is running during Epilepsy Awareness Month from November 1 – 30. Only 1 entry per Instagram account, no purchase necessary. Help spread epilepsy awareness while supporting critically needed research!

Participating Locations:

Aubergine by Purple Monkey
Bubbles Academy
Bucktown Music
Building Blocks Toy Store
Cocoon Care
Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea
Fresh Market, Bucktown
Goldfish Swim School
Havlan & West
Lori K Sapio Photography
Little Beans Cafe

Morgan Mehalic Designs
Parent & Co.
Play Logan Square
Purple Monkey Playroom
Sara Leans Out
Sod Room
The Laboratory
Third Coast Birth
Wishcraft Workshop

Miguel Cervantes

Photo Credit: Lori Sapio Photography