Purple day is a day that is celebrated around the world to help focus and bring awareness for those who suffer from epilepsy and seizures. This day is celebrated every year on March 26th. It is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. We celebrate this day in the hopes that people will come to understand the seriousness of this disorder, but also, to help bring it out of the shadows so that everyone will have a complete understanding that epilepsy is not something to be feared, that it is not contagious, but that it is something we all must talk about.
Purple Day was founded in 2008, by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada, with the help of the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia (EANS). Cassidy chose the color purple because in some cultures the lavender flower is often associated with solitude, which is representative of the feelings of isolation many people affected by epilepsy and seizure disorders often feel. Cassidy’s goal is for people with epilepsy everywhere to know they are not alone.
Thanks to Cassidy Canada now has a law in support of epilepsy awareness called the Purple Day Act it’s amazing what a child can accomplish to change the world I for one could not be prouder of Cassidy and everything she has done for those living with epilepsy. There are so many ways you can get involved on purple day to show support for the families, our children, and all those living with epilepsy. It’s also a great way to thank Cassidy for all she does for each of us. If you wondering how you can help it’s quite simple:
1. Wear something purple
2. Become a purple day Ambassador working within your own community, speak and educate your friends, neighbors, and local politicians.
3. Show your purple pride by promoting epilepsy awareness in your community! Host a purple day party at school, at your workplace, in the community.
4. Put together a purple day slide show or a collage of pictures getting friends, family, classmates, work colleagues involved.
5. Host a purple day cupcake sale and donate proceeds to your local epilepsy foundation.
6. Put together a little business card with Seizure First Aid Facts on it and pass out to everyone you meet.
“Planting Seeds of Hope” is an activity I recently did in a photo shoot at my home in honor of purple day. It was an opportunity for me to teach the children the importance of what epilepsy is as well as to let them know that we are all in this fight together that by talking about it, sharing with others we are “Planting the Seeds
of Hope” in reaching the ultimate goal a cure for our children and those living with epilepsy.
Small Terra Cotta Clay Pot
Purple or Lavender Paint (Michael’s carries clay pot paints)
Small packet of purple flower seeds
Take the clay pot and give it about 3-4 good coats of paint. Let the pot dry after each coat. When completely dry add some potting soil, the seeds then cover with additional potting soil. Give it a good drink of water following the directions on the flower seed packets. Watch as your flowers begin to grow the process takes about 10-15 days.
These are just a few of the ways you can help spread epilepsy awareness remember disability is not inability so paint the world purple on March 26th and be sure to post a few pictures. For more information on purple day and Cassidy Megan go to www.purpleday.org.