This Sunday, 26 March 2017, marks the ninth International Purple Day.
Originally initiated in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, a young epilepsy sufferer, in conjunction with the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia in Canada, and launched internationally with the aid of the Anita Kaufmann Foundation in New York the following year, Purple Day encourages people to wear purple on 26 March each year in order to raise awareness for epilepsy. The aim of epilepsy awareness is to get people talking about and to educate the general public about the condition - and hopefully eliminate some myths along the way!
For many years, epilepsy sufferers have been the victims of stigma, fear and even discrimination. We want the world to know that this misunderstood condition need not interfere with an epilepsy sufferer's ability to lead a full, quality life.
Let's all make a pledge to wear purple and start a conversation about epilepsy this Sunday, 26 March 2017.
To learn more about epilepsy awareness and Purple Day, please visit the following websites:
About Epilepsy - Purple Day
Epilepsy Action Australia
Purple Day - Epilepsy Action Australia
Epilepsy Action UK
Epilepsy Research UK
Young Epilepsy UK
Anita Kaufmann Foundation
Purple Day, Every Day
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