65 million people around the world have epilepsy. 4-10 people out of every 1,000 live with active seizures. One third of people live with uncontrollable seizures because no available treatment works for them. 6 out of 10 people suffer from epilepsy where the cause is unknown.
My mother died from an epileptic seizure when I was 2 years old. 1 in every 100 people live with epilepsy and vital research still needs to be done to find a cure.
What is Purple Day? "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." -purpleday.org
What Can I Do? Please consider making a donation to epilepsy research at www.epilepsy.ca (Epilepsy Canada), www.epilepsy.com (Epilepsy Foundation of America), or epilepsysociety.org.uk (Epilepsy Society). In Canada, text C-U-R-E to 30333 to make a $10, $20 or $25 today on Purple Day, and in the UK text PDAY26 £1 to 70070. Visit the site(s) to read more about important current and upcoming research projects for finding a cure for epilepsy.