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Epilepsy Awareness Day & Purple Day - 2021-03-26
What is Epilepsy Awareness Day & Purple Day?
Epilepsy Awareness Day is a day for people to learn about the brain disorder that is epilepsy. It is also a day to raise awareness about this disease and to eliminate the fear and stigma around it. People with epilepsy can live a normal life if they are diagnosed and treated correctly. In fact, if people with epilepsy receive adequate treatment, they can live as long as other people. A girl named Cassidy Megan started Epilepsy Awareness Day on March 26, 2008. She was 9 at the time. The first ever event was held on March 26, 2008. She wanted to raise awareness around the world. She realized how important it was for people to understand epilepsy. It was her motivation to share her own struggle with epilepsy. In 2009, Cassidy and the Epilepsy Association of The Maritimes partnered with The Anita Kaufmann Foundation to initiate Purple Day. Epilepsy and seizures can affect anyone, but they don't have to control your life! The Purple Day Foundation organizes campaigns and events to bring more attention to epilepsy. Since its beginning, the foundation has expanded its reach through partnerships with organizations and individuals around the world. Purple Day is an opportunity for the public to learn about epilepsy and get involved in supporting education about it.  
When is Epilepsy Awareness Day & Purple Day?
This year, March 26 is the Purple Day®. It's a global day to raise epilepsy awareness.
History of Epilepsy Awareness Day & Purple Day
In 2008, Cassidy Megan established March 26 as the day to raise awareness for epilepsy. The date was chosen because it was the birthday of a famous sufferer, Jim Abbott.
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