Purple Day - Epilepsy Awareness Day- is March 26, 2010
PURPLE DAY - Epilepsy Awareness March 26th, 2010
GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE...AND NOW PURPLE! ANOTHER INSPIRING CANADIAN KICKS OFF EPILEPSY AWARENSS MONTH
Toronto, March 21, 2010 – After weeks of cheering for gold, silver and bronze, 11-year-old Cassidy Megan of Halifax, Nova Scotia is going for purple and inspiring supporters around the world to do the same. March is Epilepsy Awareness Month and Cassidy, who lives with epilepsy, created Purple Day for Epilepsy (Purple Day) to increase awareness and dispel myths about one of Canada’s most common neurological disorders.
Epilepsy affects 300,000 people in Canada and 50 million people worldwide, which is more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease combined. Despite its prevalence, epilepsy isn’t well-understood and people with epilepsy continue to face social stigma and discrimination.
Purple Day, held each year on March 26th helps Canadians understand that not all seizures are the same, and that people with epilepsy are ordinary people just like everybody else,” said Cassidy Megan, the founder of Purple Day. “Purple Day also reminds people living with epilepsy that they aren’t alone. That’s why we wear purple, the international colour for epilepsy.”
“When people know more about different kinds of seizures, and how to help someone having a seizure, they immediately become more receptive to seeing the person with epilepsy as an ordinary individual,” said Deirdre Floyd, president of the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia, who helped Cassidy bring Purple Day to life. “Purple Day reminds Canadians that people living with epilepsy need understanding and acceptance, and deserve comprehensive care and access to innovative treatment options to effectively manage their disorder.”
Purple Day increases awareness, reduces stigma and empowers individuals living with epilepsy to take action in their communities. Canadians are encouraged to learn more about epilepsy throughout the month of March, culminating with Purple Day on March 26. Fifteen countries will be participating in the 2010 Purple Day activities, with participants around the world supporting epilepsy by wearing purple or by getting involved in a Purple Day awareness or fundraising event.
“Providing the public with accurate information about epilepsy is the key to better acceptance of people with the disorder,” said Catherine Sauerwein, a neuropsychologist and president of the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance. “Demystifying epilepsy is a major step towards improving the quality of life of individuals with epilepsy.”
Member groups of the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance are rolling out Purple Day activities across the country. Last year, the international launch of Purple Day led to the involvement of numerous organizations, schools, businesses, politicians and celebrities worldwide. This year, Ambassadors of Purple will be organizing grassroots events around the globe, with volunteer Ambassadors working in countries such as the United States, Mexico, the Netherlands, Australia, Uganda and Kuwait.
1 IN 100 PEOPLE HAVE EPILEPSY
Epilepsy Toronto has been providing a range of services to people living with epilepsy for the past 50 years.
We are hosting some exciting Purple Day Events that include:
PURPLE DAY EVENTS
Purple Challenge - wear a purple outfit, send us your photos and you could win a prize!
Epilepsy Health Talk at Toronto Western Hospital - join us at 1:00 p.m. at Toronto Western Hospital for a free seminar, purple cupcakes, hand outs and a light lunch.
Purple Ribbon of Light at Nathan Phillips Square - join us at 7:00 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square to form a human purple ribbon with glow sticks that shows your support!
please see www.epilepsytoronto.org for details
For more information about Epilepsy Toronto and Purple Day please contact:
Lise Schofield, Director of Communications
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