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Purple Day

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We have some exciting news! March is Epilepsy Awareness Month and March 26 is Purple Day for Epilepsy and the team here at Epilepsy Toronto is working with our friends at Eplink and UHN, with support from the Ontario Brain Institute, to create something really special for our young members.  If you have someone at home, between the ages of 4 and 14, who would like their very own Purple Day Brain Kit, full of fun activities and purple swag to arrive on their doorstep, then just click on the button below and sign them up.

We’re not even kidding!  One lucky person is going to be awarded a $1000 cash prize – and that person could be you!  Every video submitted is an entry and we’ll be showcasing as many of the submissions as we can during a live “The Power of Purple” Purple Day broadcast. Stay tuned for more news about all that we have planned for this exciting event taking place on the Epilepsy Toronto Facebook page, streaming live at 3:30 pm on Friday, March 26. –  with a fabulous host, live performances, special guests and possibly even YOU (if you get your video entry in).

For contest rules and to submit your video CLICK HERE.
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Here is a link for you to share with teachers, that will help to tell them about these great resources for sharing Purple Day with their class: https://youtu.be/cz0FQ1Mc2SA.

Special thanks to OBI for their support of this year’s Epilepsy Awareness Month and Purple Day activities.

The Story of Purple Day

pd01Purple Day, March 26th, was started in 2008 by a little girl in Nova Scotia called Cassidy who wanted her friends to know what it really meant for her to live with epilepsy. A child’s dream of sharing her story has turned into a recognized, global movement to raise awareness for epilepsy on March 26th. Visit www.purpleday.org to get more information about her initiative. March 26th is now official Purple Day in Canada thanks to the passage of a federal private members bill supported by all parties in Parliament last year. This year people from all parts of Canada will be wearing purple and working to educate the community about epilepsy: a condition that affects 1 in 100 Canadians but is still very misunderstood by the public. Individuals and groups in our community are working with Epilepsy Toronto to plan events that will help bring better public awareness about the facts and realities of epilepsy. You can show your support by wearing purple on March 26th, and encouraging others to do the same.

#1in100 Campaign!

To learn how you can be apart of it, click HERE.

Click on one of the buttons below to download a printable Purple Day Poster to post in you community.