Raise awareness for epilepsy by wearing purple
(NC)—Around the world, on March 26, people living with the epilepsy and their supporters will wear purple to drive education and understanding – all thanks to a young girl from Nova Scotia.
Cassidy Megan founded Purple Day for Epilepsy at her school in 2008 at only nine years old. After learning that she had the disorder, Cassidy felt isolated and as if she was the only person in the world who had it.
“I started Purple Day because I want people with epilepsy to know they are not alone,” she says. “I also want those that don't live with it to know that there are different types of seizures and not to be afraid of them.”
Purple Day for Epilepsy was celebrated internationally in 2009, and each year more and more individuals with epilepsy, their families, schools, businesses, politicians and supporters wear purple, which is now the internationally-recognized colour for epilepsy.
Since its creation, Purple Day marks a global effort to increase understanding and acceptance of epilepsy, reduce the stigma surrounding the disorder and improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy. It also serves as a platform to advocate for comprehensive care and access to innovative treatment options to effectively manage the disorder.
In addition to wearing purple, participants can host Purple Day awareness or fundraising events, like dance-a-thons, bake sales or coffee houses, to raise money for local epilepsy organizations. Supporters can also ask local and national political representatives to make a proclamation and wear purple on March 26.
For more information on Purple Day for Epilepsy and how to get involved, visit www.purpleday.org.