Oakville Town Hall to be lit up in colour purple

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Published March 21, 2023 at 11:25 am

Oakville Town Hall will be lit up on the night of March 26 as part of Purple Day, an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. TOWN OF OAKVILLE PHOTO

Oakville Town Hall is turning purple.

The Town building will be lit up on the night of March 26 as part of Purple Day, an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide.

On that day, people around the world are invited to wear purple and host various events in support of epilepsy awareness.

Though more than 85 countries participated last year, Canada is the only country in the world that recognizes March 26 as Purple Day through the Purple Day Act implemented on June 28, 2012.

The idea for the special day was created by Cassidy Megan in 2008.

Motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy, Megan created the day of awareness to get people talking about it in an effort to dispel myths and inform those with seizures that they are not alone.

The Epilepsy Association of The Maritimes joined forces with Megan to help develop Purple Day.

An estimated 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, which is approximately one percent of the general population.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder of the central nervous system, specifically of the brain . It is characterized by the tendency to have recurrent seizures.

A person would be diagnosed with epilepsy if they have at least two unprovoked (or reflex) seizures, or one unprovoked (or reflex) seizure and are very likely to have another, or diagnosed with an epilepsy syndrome.

Seizures, which can cause a change in function or behavior, may take many different forms including a blank stare, muscle spasms, uncontrolled movements, altered awareness, odd sensations, or a convulsion.

To host an event, become an ambassador or for more ways on how you can help, visit here.

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