The Cape Breton Epilepsy Community Group

March 25, 2015 – March 26, 2015

On Purple Day, March 26th, 2015 people living with epilepsy, family, friends, professionals in the field and community members, lent their support to make it a tremendous success.

– On March 25th, The Cape Breton Epilepsy Community Group coordinator Michelle AuCoin (an adult with epilepsy), Dodie Hanna (a mom of 12 year old Ashleigh who has epilepsy) and Dr. Laith Shimon (neurologist) were interviewed by Yvonne LeBlanc Smith on CBC Radio’s Mainstreet. It was aired on Purple Day at 4:30pm. It was a great panel discussion and brought information from three different perspectives to the community.

Here is the interview:

– A twitter blast was sent out to educators, organizations and businesses asking them to participate in Purple Day by educating people about seizure first aid and wearing purple. Students, teachers, organizations and   took up the challenge!

– All day on March 26th, an information and awareness table was set up in the Mayflower Mall. Over $117.00 in small change donations were made to the EANS, whom we support. We provided information, pins, bracelets, seizure first aid cards and posters. We were able to answer questions and support people who previously did not know anyone with epilepsy or where to turn. We also met folks were either newly diagnosed or had a family member who was diagnosed with epilepsy. It was a wonderful feeling to not only offer community education but support for one another.

Our volunteers for this event at the mall were: Michelle AuCoin, Darryl AuCoin, Jadon AuCoin, Kim Collier, Joan Griffin, Margaret Campbell, Lauren Mercer and Trish Dufour. These are incredible people who took time out of their schedules to be at the mall and help our community receiving epilepsy education.

For more information you can visit our Facebook page: The Cape Breton Epilepsy Community Group

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