March 26 dedicated to Epilepsy

Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide.

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Trisha Shanks

Arrow Lakes News

March 26 might not have recognizable significance but for those suffering from epilepsy, it’s the day dedicated to recognizing and educating others about this condition that affects one in 100 people.

Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. People in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness. Last year, people in dozens of countries on all continents including Antarctica participated in Purple Day.

Now in Grade 10, Nova Scotia student Cassidy Megan came up with the idea in 2008. The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia got on board and collaborated with the Anita Kaufmann Foundation in New York to make it a truly international cause.

Megan said, “My goal is to get people talking about epilepsy in an effort to dispel myths and inform those with seizures that they are not alone.”

For more information, visit www.purpleday.org or check them out on Twitter @purpleday.