Not everyone knows that March 26 is EPILEPSY AWARENESS DAY.
Cassidy Morgan created PURPLE DAY in 2008. Cassidy has epilepsy and wanted people to be more informed about seizures. She wanted to get rid of the myths about epilepsy. The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia joined Cassidy to help her campaign.
In 2009, Purple Day was launched internationally! The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia and the Anita Kaufmann Foundation joined together to help lead and be global sponsors. A lot of people call this Epilepsy Awareness Day. We celebrate awareness by wearing purple and spreading the word with our stories about living with epilepsy.
Learn more about Cassidy here at http://www.purpleday.org/index.html
Here are some facts:
- 65 MILLION: Number of people around the world who have epilepsy.
- 3.4 MILLION: Number of people in the United States who have epilepsy.
- 1 IN 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.
- BETWEEN 4 AND 10 OUT OF 1,000: Number of people on earth who live with active seizures at any one time.
- 150,000: Number of new cases of epilepsy in the United States each year
- ONE-THIRD: Number of people with epilepsy who live with uncontrollable seizures because no available treatment works for them.
- 6 OUT OF 10: Number of people with epilepsy where the cause is unknown.