I love hearing about young people getting involved in or starting organizations that help others. This morning I found another one that certainly deserves some attention. “Purple Day”, March 26.
“Purple Day” was started by a young girl in Nova Scotia, Canada, Cassidy Megan. She was nine years old when she began her quest to increase world-wide awareness of epilepsy. I wish she had been around when I was younger.
In my teens, I went to school with someone who had epilepsy. She was beautiful, smart, talented and, because of her epilepsy, she scared the living daylights out of me. Like so many others, I was ignorant about epilepsy. My fears were unfounded, but back then people didn’t talk about “things like that”. It was spoken of in whispers. Decades later, in 2008, Cassidy came along to stop the whispering.
It is now six years since Cassidy started Purple Day and there is a wonderful website, www.purpleday.org, with links to partner organizations that can help people understand epilepsy. The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia website http://epilepsyns.com has information for those who have epilepsy, and important information about what first aid to give someone having a seizure. It is crucial to know what to do and what NOT to do in these instances. Please click on the link above and take a look at how you can help someone in distress.
Another Purple Day partner organization is The Anita Kaufman Foundation, http://akfus.org/. Their goal its to educate people about and eliminate the fears associated with epilepsy. Take a minute to check out their site. It’s well worth your time.
Thanks to Cassidy, there are Purple Day events all over the world. Dances, dinners, walks-a-thons and runs, purple cupcake sales, purple popcorn sales, raffles, seminars…the list goes on and on.
I’ll be wearing purple on Purple Day, Wednesday, March 26, in support of Epilepsy Awareness and hope some of you will, too.