Founded in 2008 by then nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada, Purple Day® is a grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26, people from around the globe are asked to wear purple and spread the word about epilepsy. Motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy, Cassidy started Purple Day® to get people talking about the condition in an effort to dispel myths and inform those with seizures that they are not alone. “My message to you for Purple Day is to be proud and be strong. Epilepsy is a part of you but it doesn’t define you. Everybody has a voice, continue to use yours to speak out and spread awareness for epilepsy. Don’t fear it, own it and tell your story. Together we are erasing the stigma of epilepsy.” In 2009, The Anita Kaufmann Foundation (AKF) and Epilepsy Association of Maritimes (EAM) joined forces to launch Purple Day® internationally. As global sponsors, both organizations are committed to partnering with individuals and organizations worldwide. The combined efforts of AKF and EAM have led to the involvement of many organizations, schools, businesses, politicians and celebrities around the world. Please join us in wearing purple on March 26 to support epilepsy awareness worldwide.
Purple Day Proclamations pour in from around the US and Canada. Inviting your representatives to support epilepsy awareness by declaring Purple Day® a national, state, town or city day of epilepsy awareness will go a long way in making sure your community is aware. And. we can help… Contact us for help with reaching your government officials and drafting a sample Purple Day® Proclamation for their review.