Four years ago a young girl from Nova Scotia brought forward an idea for a day dedicated so that people who suffer of seizures wouldn’t feel so alone. Since then Purple Day has grown nation-wide and is helping those in the Niagara region battle epilepsy.
“This year is extra special as March 26 known as Purple Day for epilepsy was voted in as a law in Parliament this year and is now recognized as a day that is dedicated to raising public awareness about epilepsy,” Community Outreach Coordinator Bob Romeo said.
Each day in Canada, an average of 42 people learn that they have epilepsy. Cassidy Megan, the young student from out east was one of them. The young student began Purple Day as a small event before receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work representing epilepsy.
Schools across Canada now participate in raising awareness and funds for a common disorder in every community. Niagara will continue the yearly day of awareness with Bunny Hops throughout the community.
“Having this event at schools is not only educational and fun for the students, but rewarding as well,” Romeo said as they hope to add to the thousands of dollars raised across the world.
“We understand schools sometimes have fundraisers of their own. This is why Epilepsy Niagara has decided to split all the proceeds raised from this event 50/50. Also if any businesses wanted to try this event it could be a great way to release some energy in the office.”
Epilepsy Niagara has been busy in the city. They hosted a Beach Jam volleyball tournament and the Purple Illumination Gala which raised funds for epilepsy research.
They are looking for businesses and schools interested in participating in the Purple Day Bunny Hop not only for donations, but for awareness in a battle many Canadians face each day.
According to Epilepsy Canada, approximately 0.6% of the Canadian population has epilepsy and that stat includes those who take anticonvulsant drugs or who had a seizure within the past 5 years. Epilepsy is a physical condition characterized by sudden, brief changes in how the brain works. It is a symptom of a neurological disorder – a disorder that affects the brain and shows itself in the form of seizures.
EpilepsyU.com Note: Purple Day started in Canada but has spread throughout the U.S. and other countries.