Did you know that approximately 0.6% of the Canadian population has epilepsy? What you may not know is that epilepsy is NOT a rare disease. There are more than twice as many people living with epilepsy as the number of people with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and cystic fibrosis combined.
March is Epilepsy Awareness Month, with Purple Day for Epilepsy falling on March 26th. Purple day began as an awareness campaign in 2008 when 9 year old Cassidy Megan from Nova Scotia created the idea to get people talking about epilepsy in an effort to dispel myths and create a community for those with the disease. On March 26th every year, supporters are encouraged to pull out their purple clothes to show their support for those living with the neurological disease.
On Purple Day 2020, MEDUCOM showed their support (from a distance), by reading up on various epilepsy-related facts, displayed during our morning Zoom “Purple Party”. Some photos from this party are shown above. Happy Purple Day!