International Purple Day raises epilepsy awareness
TODAY is International Purple Day which raises epilepsy awareness across the globe bringing epilepsy out of the shadows.
Epilepsy is the world's most common serious brain condition.
An estimated 50 million people across the globe are currently living with epilepsy - in Australia alone it is estimated that over 250,000 Australians are living with epilepsy and approximately 3% of Australians will experience the condition at some point in their lives.
Up to 5% will experience a one-off or provoked seizure during their lifetime.
Epilepsy is more than three times as common as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and cerebral palsy.
Sadly however, due to a social stigma and misconceptions associated with epilepsy, many people do not disclose their condition.
This of course has lead to low community awareness about epilepsy.
Motivated by her own challenges with epilepsy, a young nine year old girl by the name of Cassidy Megan founded a day called Purple Day back in 2008.
Purple Day is a grassroots effort dedicated to increasing epilepsy awareness worldwide.
Cassidy started Purple Day in an attempt to encourage people to talk about the epilepsy and to inform those who live with seizures, that they are not alone.
Epilepsy Action Australia is Australia's national provider of education and support services for people with epilepsy, their families and community, and professionals.
Being driven by a vision of optimal living for people with epilepsy, Epilepsy Action Australia is once again embracing Purple Day to encourage Australians to raise much needed epilepsy awareness through Purple Day fundraising activities.
So GO PURPLE on March 26 and help raise funds for people living with epilepsy.
• Visit your nearest Dick Smith, Telstra or United Finance outlet to purchase your Purple Day merchandise and support people impacted by epilepsy in Australia.
• Phone 1300 37 45 37 to make a Purple Day donation today, or visit www.epilepsy.org.au to learn more about Purple Day and be inspired to support Australian's living with epilepsy.