International Purple Day on March 26 raises epilepsy awareness

Happy Purple Day!

Across the world, Mar. 26 marks a day to recognize and raise awareness of epilepsy.

Also known as Purple Day, the day provides the opportunity to wear purple, host events and raise awareness of the seizure disorder which affects one in 100 Canadians.

Despite temporarily closing their offices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the B.C. Epilepsy Society is asking residents to still participate in Purple Day however they can. 

"On March 26th, we hope that everyone tries to participate in International Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness in their own small way, whether it is by wearing something purple, cooking purple food items or baking purple treats.

"If you do participate International Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness on March 26th, please post your photos on social media using the hashtag #VOICEPurpleDay and tag the BC Epilepsy Society and the I AM A VOICE for Epilepsy Awareness campaign in your post!"

The idea of Purple Day was created in 2008 by nine-year-old Nova Scotia girl Cassidy Megan, who wanted to let others who also experience seizures know they aren't alone.

In 2008, the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia developed the idea into a national day, and in 2009 joined forces with The Anita Kaufmann Foundation to launch Purple Day internationally. 

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