Navigating Epilepsy: The Road Ahead

What is Purple Day? The Global Day of Epilepsy Awareness!!

iStock_000018040648Small-164x164Purple Day was started by then 8-year-old epilepsy sufferer Cassidy Megan in 2008.  Her initial idea was to “get people talking” about epilepsy so they could be better informed, more educated, and thus, less likely to fall prey to the negative myths about epilepsy.  She also sought to bring people with epilepsy together, to help them feel connected to each other, to their community, and less alone in their struggles.  That same year, http://epilepsyns.com/eans/ joined Cassidy’s efforts, and with them, the official Purple Day for Epilepsy campaign began.  Then in 2009, http://www.akfus.org/ jumped on board and helped launch the international campaign.

The combined efforts of AKF and EANS have led to the involvement of numerous organizations, schools, businesses, politicians and celebrities around the word.  For example, on March 26, 2009, over 100,000 students, 95 workplaces, and 116 politicians participated in Purple Day.

And now, for the 2012 campaign, there are many ways to become involved in Purple Day.  Here are a few suggestions:

 

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