More than a dog.

Our Mission

The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation exists to raise awareness of SUDEP and use it to grant comfort, hope and positivity to individuals and families living with epilepsy. Join us.

Seizure Response Dogs

Response dogs provide vital support such as calling for help, bringing emergency medication to the patient & bracing a fall.

Seizure Monitoring Devices

We provide the latest technology for monitoring people who experience nocturnal seizures.

Information & Awareness

We’re spreading SUDEP awareneness through community events, social media and information in print.

What is SUDEP?

SUDEP is the sudden, unexpected death of someone with epilepsy, who was otherwise healthy. No other cause of death is found when an autopsy is done. Each year, more than 1 out of 1,000 people with epilepsy die from SUDEP. If seizures are uncontrolled the risk of SUDEP increases to more than 1 out of 150.

Our Inspiration: Chelsea's Story

October 20, 2015

Chelsea was born September 28, 1992 and brought more joy into our lives than we can express in words. At the age of 11, she began having occasional seizures, until one night, April 19, 2009, at the age of 16, Chelsea died very unexpectedly after having a seizure in her sleep. The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation was created in loving memory of our precious daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend, Chelsea Alice Hutchison.

No one had ever told us a seizure could take her life. The term, SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) is a term we would learn to know well.

Chelsea loved life! She lived every day to the fullest and never ceased to amaze us with her creativity and imagination. From believing she was a baby fox or a mama kitty as a young girl, to pretending to be a mermaid lying helplessly on the floor inside her bedroom (you know, Mermaids can't walk); there was never a dull moment.

Chelsea, Sweetie & Britany went on wonderful adventures together.

Chelsea had a pink alien friend named "Sweetie" who went on many wonderful adventures with her. To most, Sweetie looked like a simple pink baby blanket. "Britany" was her special teddy bear friend who had her own passport and traveled everywhere with her.

The stories she would write and the pictures she would draw amazed us. They came from inside Chelsea’s school notebooks, which were color-coordinated and uniquely decorated; complete with a Disney Princess folder inside each one. She took on most school assignments with great enthusiasm. There was no such thing as a simple book report. Instead, they were projects that typically involved a trip to a store for special art supplies to make them just so.

Chelsea was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside.

She never wanted to be limited to just one group of friends; she genuinely wanted to be friends with EVERYONE! She loved who she was and even loved her name! It was important for her to be her own person and often referred to herself as a "dork” with pride!

Chelsea touched many lives and we are amazed at how many she continues to touch even after her passing. The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation is designed to assist people living with Epilepsy. Funds raised by this Foundation provide grants for seizure-response dogs and epilepsy monitors for those in need, educate the public about SUDEP, and provide support to those who have been affected by SUDEP.

Chelsea’s Wish

Join one of our favorite fundraisers on Epilepsy Awareness Day, November 2-3, 2016. Your gifts will send families dealing with the constant stress of epilepsy to Disneyland. This is a critical break for these families, who are all exhausted financially & emotionally. Remember, it is not uncommon for a family to see a love one seized 50-100 times. Every day.

Fund Us

Send seizure response dogs and monitoring devices to kids living with epilepsy.

Alyvia

Currently Alyvia sleeps with one of her parents, and they wake up every 15-30 minutes checking on a video monitor in fear of missing that nighttime seizure.

Zarek

Zarek is not allowed to do what other 16-year old boys do because of safety and knowledge. Outsiders will be more understanding when they a see a service dog with him.

Chelsi

For Chelsi, having a service dog will help her family know that she is safe when she has seizures. She is looking forward to feeling confident about being in public by herself.

Chelsea

A service dog will change the life of an amazing young woman who deals with the seizures on on a regular basis.