Today is Purple Day, an international day to support people with epilepsy. I hadn’t heard about this until yesterday when my young daughter told me that her school was asking everyone to wear purple (her class won).
Purple Day was founded by Canadian girl in 2008 and has spread internationally. Here’s more on the history or goals of Purple Day, excepted from their website:
Purple Day for Epilepsy is a day dedicated to raising awareness about epilepsy. It was founded in 2008 by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia. At first, Cassidy was afraid the other children would make fun of her, but then she came up with the idea of Purple Day, where people would wear purple to show support for those living with epilepsy. Purple Day is named after the internationally recognized colour for epilepsy, lavender. The colour lavender represents isolation and solitude which is a feeling held by many people with epilepsy.
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders, affecting 300,000 people in Canada and 50 million people worldwide. Despite its prevalence, epilepsy is often misunderstood and people with epilepsy can face social stigma and discrimination. Purple Day will help epilepsy organizations in Canada and around the world increase awareness, reduce stigma and empower individuals living with epilepsy to take action in their communities.
In honour of Purple Day, here’s the most purple postcard I could find:
This postcard of West Palm Beach, Florida was never sent. It does reflect Florida’s vibrant, multicoloured sunsets.