Purple Day: March 26
Purple: it’s not just the colour of royalty – it’s also the colour that starts the conversation of us every March and inspires us to turn the city of Calgary purple.
In 2008 a girl named Cassidy Megan had a great idea. She wanted to get people talking about epilepsy because, as someone living with the condition, she knew firsthand there were too many myths and too many people with seizures who felt alone.
And it stuck. Great ideas have a tendency to do that. It helped that Cassidy, like all people with epilepsy, is an incredibly special and determined person. March 26th became internationally recognized as Purple Day.
Every March, through community outreach and various events, the Epilepsy Association of Calgary tries to raise awareness of epilepsy. Join us this year, next year and every year and help learn and spread the facts about epilepsy.
We’ve been getting great support from Alberta communities for Purple Day this year. Calgary, Red Deer and Medicine Hat Mayors have all issued Purple Day Proclamations for 2021, as has the Minister of Health for Alberta.
In Calgary, watch for the 2021 Purple Lightings at Calgary Tower, Reconciliation Bridge and TELUS Spark Centre! In Red Deer, the west side of City Hall will also be lit purple for Purple Day and Lethbridge is lighting their City Hall too! Don’t forget to take photos if you visit any of these sites, and share them on social media.
PURPLE DAY HATS
Our new hats are available now for a cost of $20.00, and they’re ideal for Purple Day. “Curbside Pickup” only at our office. Please contact us to reserve your hat, as the quantity is limited.
If you’re looking for some tunes to enhance Purple Day, our Director, Martin Bell, has you covered with a selection featuring everything from Sheb Wooley’s ‘Purple People Eater’ to the purple one himself, Prince.
PURPLE DAY DOWNLOADS
DIY Fundraising Ideas Brochure
Motivational Purple Day Bookmarks
Downloadable Purple Day Tweets to share on social media:
Nicole’s Story: Living with Epilepsy Can be Just Another Day
It’s taken a while for Janssen to get back to this state of equilibrium. Two years, to be exact, ever since March 1, 2019, when her husband woke up in the middle of the night to find her having a grand mal seizure.
Janssen is hoping more can be done to shed the stigma that comes with an epilepsy diagnosis. Through joining the HBI [Hotchkiss Brain Institute] epilepsy committee, and by sharing her story, she hopes to demonstrate to others that while managing the disease can be a challenging journey, an epilepsy diagnosis is not a life sentence of fragility and fear.
You can read all of Nicole’s story here, part of HBI’s March initiative to bring awareness to epilepsy.
See our Purple Day page for more info on what’s happening in Calgary and other Alberta areas to mark Purple Day.
The Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary consists of more than 120 scientists and clinician-scientists who are dedicated to advancing brain and mental health research and education. The Institute’s research strengths, in the areas of Brain and Behaviour, Neural Injury and Repair, and Healthy Brain Aging, are leading to new treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders, aimed at improving quality of life and patient care.