November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month (NEAM), which was established to “highlight the growing need for awareness about epilepsy” as a way to help “dispel myths about epilepsy, teach proper seizure first aid and improve the quality of life for all individuals, families, and friends with epilepsy. It is an opportunity to rally the community to raise awareness of epilepsy and find a cure.
What is done during National Epilepsy Awareness Month? Across the country many people individually or as a group get creative and share their respect for epilepsy awareness by wearing purple or lavender.
Some wear the color in their hair, others wear ribbons, and still others get very creative by wearing colored statements on T-Shirts proclaiming their passion for victory over seizures/epilepsy.
When is the Walk?
The National Walk for Epilepsy is on Saturday, March 22, 2014, on the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, DC.
The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to stop seizures and SUDEP, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies.
- 2+ Million Americans Have Epilepsy
- 150,000 Annual New Cases in the U.S.
- 1 in 10 People Have Had a Seizure
- 65 Million People Have Epilepsy Worldwide
Epilepsy is a Neurological Disorder that produces sudden brief surges of electrical energy in the brain. These episodes called seizures, may alter a persons awareness, movements, or actions for a few seconds or minutes.
Anyone can have a seizure if the brain is stressed by infection, fever, injury, lack of oxygen or poisoning. Seizures that happen more than once for no apparent reason are defined as EPILEPSY. Epilepsy is sometimes called a seizure disorder.
Help raise awareness this month by wearing purple or lavender, share your story and get involved in a fundraising activity.
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