Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26th annually, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness. Last year, people in dozens of countries on all continents including Antarctica participated in Purple Day! Our list of Partner Organizations from around the world is also growing!
Epilepsy affects over 65 million people worldwide (more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson's combined) but many in the general public know little about it and much of what they do know is incorrect. We need you to help us improve the lives of those with epilepsy by promoting epilepsy awareness and making sure that everyone has the facts.
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 colour 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. To learn more about Cassidy and Global Purple Day Partners EANS and The Anita Kaufmann Foundation (AKFUS), please visit the About Us page.
Ready to start raising awareness in your hometown? Apply to become an Ambassador of Purple in your region. Then, deck yourself out in purple and start educating your friends, family, and even your local politicians about epilepsy and seizures.
Wear purple on March 26 and encourage others to do the same. Host a Purple Day party or fundraising event at your home, school or workplace. And most importantly, get real facts about epilepsy by browsing this site and those of our partners.
Is your school, workplace or community group going purple? We want to hear from you! Complete our Participant Listing Form to have your organization added to our Participants List. Have an event you'd like added to our Event Listings page? Just fill in our Event Listing Form.
For event ideas and other ways to get involved, please visit our Join the Campaign page. You can also check out the complete list of Purple Day Participants as well as Purple Day Media Coverage from around the world.
As global sponsors of Purple Day, we are committed to partnering with individuals and agencies around the world to promote epilepsy awareness. To date, the combined efforts of AKFUS and EANS have lead to the involvement of numerous organizations, schools, businesses, political figures and celebrities in countries around the world. Click Global Sponsors for more information.
Thank you to all our dedicated Ambassadors of Purple, Purple Day Partners and Purple Day participants for promoting epilepsy awareness and sharing your Purple Day photos. You’ve made Cassidy's dream for a global day of epilepsy awareness come true.
Canada now has a law in support of Epilepsy Awareness called the
Purple Day Act.
Purple Day Materials
La journée lavande pour l'épilepsie
Watch 2012 TV Coverage in QC, Canada!
Cassidy Megan presents Flowers to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Nova Scotia, Canada - June 2010
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