History


1981

1981

Judge Mike Wetherell, who has epilepsy, argued successfully to the Supreme Court on behalf of the Idaho Epilepsy League, in a landmark case establishing that a mother’s epilepsy could not form the basis for a denial of children’s custody.


1984

1984

Baseball Hall of Fame’s Harmon Killebrew, pictured here with his wife Elaine, was the first honoree for the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.


1986

1986

In its ninth year, “Superfloat ‘86” was awarded by the EFA for its creative approach to special events fundraising, and was also featured in Sunset Magazine.


1989

1989

Gregory W. Gile Memorial Scholarship Program established, and is given in memory of a courageous, compassionate young man who lost his struggle with epilepsy in August of 1987.


1989

1989

Boise jazz pianist and Grammy Award-nominated Gene Harris and his wife Janie are honored by the Epilepsy League of Idaho as distinguished citizens.


1994

1994

Kathryn “Kt” Cunningham receives the Gregory W. Gile Memorial Scholarship. Kt was the first Idahoan to allow her epilepsy surgery to be filmed and televised by stations in Boise and Seattle.


1998

1998

EFI's Loralee Anderson received the EFA’s Affiliate Staff Member of the Year award, presented by Jamie Lynn Bauer (R), who plays “Dr. Laura Horton” on “Days of Our Lives”.


2010

2010

Jane Janzer, with Sen. Crapo and EFI's Debbie Snow, was chosen by EFA to speak with legislatures about epilepsy research funding.


2011 marks the 40th year of the Epilepsy Foundation of Idaho

Nationally

1968

Epilepsy Foundation of America created.

1975

First comprehensive epilepsy centers open in the United States. National economic cost of epilepsy tops 3 billion.

1978

Foundation merges with National Epilepsy League, creates single national voice for epilepsy.

1979

Tony Coelho becomes the first person with epilepsy to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

1980

Missouri repeals ban against performing marriage of someone with epilepsy.

1981

Foundation’s Idaho affiliate wages successful court fight on behalf of woman who lost a child custody battle because of epilepsy.

1982

The Epilepsy Foundation’s National Epilepsy Library is founded.

1988

Epilepsy featured on five major TV shows. Foundation protests mandatory substitution of generic anti-epilepsy drugs.

1990

Foundation promotes and celebrates passage of Americans with Disabilities Act.

1993

Approval of first two new drugs for the treatment of epilepsy in 15 years.

1994

Center for Disease Control establishes section on epilepsy.

1999

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton calls for greater attention to epilepsy, announces Epilepsy Foundation’s Report to the Nation.

2000

First ever conference on Epilepsy at National Institutes of Health.

2001

Celebrity group ‘NSYNC records messages for Epilepsy Month, targeted to teens.

2004

International pregnancy registries data begin to provide very promising and clear guidance to women and their physicians about the differential birth-defect risks associated with specific antiepileptic drugs.

2008

The Epilepsy Foundation joins a historic coalition of business and disabilities organizations to pass the 2008 Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act. The Act passes the House in July and is now under consideration by the full Senate in August.

2011

The annual epilepsy-related expenses in the U.S. reach 9.6 billion dollars. Source: Epilepsia

Idaho

1971

Idaho Epilepsy League becomes an Affiliate of the Epilepsy Foundation of America (EFA).
 
Rick Simon with son Joel and wife SueRick Simon becomes the first Idaho Epilepsy League Board President. In photo with son Joel and wife Sue.

1981

Mike Wetherall successfully argued 1981 landmark epilepsy custody caseJudge Mike Wetherell, who has epilepsy, argued successfully to the Supreme Court, on behalf of the Idaho Epilepsy League, in a landmark case establishing that a mother’s epilepsy could not form the basis for a denial of children’s custody.

1984

Elaine & Harmon Killebrew, Baseball Hall of FamerBaseball Hall of Fame’s Harmon Killebrew, pictured with his wife Elaine, was the first honoree for the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

 

1986

"Superfloat" raft on the Boise RiverIn its ninth year, “Superfloat ‘86” was awarded by the EFA for its creative approach to special events fundraising, and was also featured in Sunset Magazine.

1987

Rosemary Weiss, age 7, is brought from Peru to St. Luke’s (where she was born), with funds raised by the Idaho Epilepsy League.

1989

Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Gene Harris with wife JanieBoise jazz pianist and Grammy Award-nominated Gene Harris and his wife Janie are honored by the Epilepsy League of Idaho as distinguished citizens.

Gregory Gile, honored with EFI Memorial ScholarshipGregory W. Gile Memorial Scholarship Program established in memory of a courageous young man who lost his struggle with epilepsy in August 1987.

1991

Epilepsy League of Idaho receives “an unprecedented grant of state tax money to a private health organization” in the amount of $67,500 from the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

1993

Alicia Gellings chosen as the Epilepsy Foundation of America’s “Winning Kid”, the first winner to have multiple disabilities.

1994

Kt Cunningham allowed her epilepsy surgery to be filmed & televisedKathryn “Kt” Cunningham receives the Gregory W. Gile Memorial Scholarship. Kt was the first Idahoan to allow her epilepsy surgery to be filmed and televised.

1998

Loralee Anderson was EFA's Affiliate Staff Member of the YearIdaho Epilepsy League becomes Epilepsy Foundation of Idaho; adopts symbolic flame logo. EFI joins the World Wide Web thanks to Micron Internet Services. EFI was selected by EFA to receive the Excellence in Fundraising award. Also, Loralee Anderson was selected to receive the EFA’s Affiliate Staff Member of the Year award, and is pictured here with Jamie Lynn Bauer, “Dr. Laura Horton” on the show “Days of Our Lives”.

1999

Justine Streeby is named EFI’s “Winning Kid”, a fourth grader who experienced great success with seizure elimination on the Ketogenic diet.

2005

Dr. Robert Wechsler and St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center open the first Level 3 Comprehensive Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in the state of Idaho.

2008

Sam Gottsch, the year’s “Winning Kid” for EFI, had his bike helmet signed by Olympic Gold Medalist Kristen Armstrong at the completion of his 11-mile ride in the annual Sharon’s Ride-Run-Walk.

2010

Jane Janzer and Debbie Snow meet with Senator Mike CrapoSpeak Up, Speak Out! Jane Janzer was chosen from EFA to speak with legislatures about the need for funding for epilepsy research.

 

2011

Epilepsy Foundation of Idaho celebrates 40 years of service, advocacy, education and support.