EPILEPSY AWARENESS DAY -PURPLE DAY – March 26

EPILEPSY AWARENESS DAY -PURPLE DAY

Epilepsy Awareness Day on March 26th aims to increase the public’s knowledge of a neurological condition affecting nearly 50 million people worldwide. Also known as Purple Day, people are encouraged to wear purple in support of epilepsy awareness. 

The neurological condition, epilepsy, impacts the central nervous system causing seizures and other symptoms. The types of seizures vary depending on the cause and type of epilepsy. Some known causes of epilepsy include:

  • brain injury
  • genetics
  • metabolic disorders
  • immune disorders
  • infection
However, sometimes no known cause can be found for epilepsy in a patient. While epilepsy is not contagious, any age group can develop epilepsy. The good news is that it’s highly treatable. Although the condition can be confusing for children. In some parts of the world, treatment can be challenging to find.
Another important goal for the day is removing the stigma associated with epilepsy. Those with epilepsy can lead normal lives, especially when their epilepsy is controlled.

HOW TO OBSERVE #EpilepsyAwarenessDay or #PurpleDay

Join the Purple Day movement. Here’s how:

  • Learn more about epilepsy. 
  • Show your support by wearing purple.
  • Volunteer at a fundraising event.
  • Donate to research to cure epilepsy.
  • If you or someone you know has epilepsy, speak up, and help eliminate the stigma associated with epilepsy.
  • Know the signs of a seizure and what to do. 

Use #EpilepsyAwarenessDay or #PurpleDay to post on social media.

EPILEPSY AWARENESS DAY HISTORY

In 2008, Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada launched Purple Day to encourage awareness of epilepsy and to cast away some of the myths that cloud the general public’s view of the condition. While other awareness observances existed previously, Purple Day and its founder continue to gain a following and awareness is spreading around the globe.


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March 26th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1830

Printer E.B. Grandin of Palmyra, New York, publishes the first edition of Joseph Smith’s Book of Mormon.

1872

The U.S. Patent Office issues patent no. 125,063 to Thomas J. Martin for “Improvements in Fire-Extinguishers”

1953

Dr. Jonas Salk announces he has successfully developed a new vaccine against the polio virus.

1985

The day after Stevie Wonder wins the Oscar for Best Original Song for “I Just Called to Say I Love You” from the movie The Woman in Red and dedicates it to Nelson Mandela, South African radio stations ban his music.

March 26th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Robert Frost – 1874

The poetry of Robert Frost illustrates life through the voice of a New Englander. In his lifetime, Frost earned the Pulitzer Prize in poetry four times. His poems and style fall easily into the realm of 19th-century poets like Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Walt Whitman.

Tennessee Williams – 1911

Playwright Tennessee Williams created enduring characters who are a part of the American psyche still today. Plays like The Glass Menagerie, A Street Car Named Desire, Baby Doll, and many others have been adapted to screen and earned him critics, celebrity, and numerous awards including two Pulitzer Prizes.

William Westmoreland – 1914

William Westmoreland directed U.S. military strategy during much of the Vietnam War. Selected by President Lyndon Johnson, Westmoreland commanded the U.S. Military Assistance Command in Vietnam. Following the devastating Tet Offensive, Westmoreland was replaced by his deputy commander, General Creighton W. Adams.

Robert J Seiwald – 1925

Robert Seiwald along with Joseph H. Burkhalter receive credit for helping synthesize the compound used today for rapid and accurate diagnosis of infectious diseases. Fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) earned them a place in The National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Sandra Day O’Connor – 1930

In 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman Chief Justice on the Supreme Court. Nominated by President Ronald Reagan, O’Connor received unanimous approval.

Leonard Nimoy – 1931

Known for his logical character, Spock in the television and movie series Star Trek, Leonard Nimoy earned four Emmy nominations. Nimoy also took over the director’s chair and wrote several books.

Nancy Pelosi – 1940

In 2007, the U.S. Representative from California became the first woman to serve as Speak of the House.

Diana Ross – 1944

As the lead singer of the vocal group of The Supremes, Diana Ross earned her first of many number 1 hits with songs like “Where Did Our Love Go” and “Come See About Me.” The vocal group would become a Motown success story and launch Ross into stardom. Despite being nominated 12 times for a Grammy, the legendary singer has never won a Grammy.

Notable Mentions

Elleanor Eldridge – 1785
Alan Arkin – 1934
Bob Woodward – 1943
Steve Tyler – 1948
Martin Short – 1950
Marcus Allen – 1960

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