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Purple Day for Epilepsy

by Dorothy Wills-Raftery


According to PurpleDay.org, “One in 100 people” or 1%, have Epilepsy. Did you know that animals could also have Epilepsy? The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s (NCSU-CVM) Companion Animal Epilepsy site estimates that up to one percent of the general dog population has Epilepsy, and two percent of the cat population.

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by Dorothy Wills-Raftery


March 26 is Purple Day® for Epilepsy, a day to join together in support for Epilepsy awareness by wearing or creating and sharing something purple. Motivated by her own struggles with Epilepsy, Purple Day was founded in 2008 by a nine-year-old girl named Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada, along with the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia (EANS). In 2009, the New York-based Anita Kaufmann Foundation and EANS teamed up to launch Purple Day internationally. Cassidy’s goal is to get people talking about Epilepsy in an effort to dispel myths, and inform those with seizures that they are not alone.

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