Pedal 4 Purple (P4P), which is a community bicycle ride for Epilepsy Awareness, was the brain child of Mickey Wayne Naschke, a Galveston native. Having had Epilepsy, himself, for most of his life, Naschke knew there had to be others on the island and in the area that were experiencing seizures and hoping for changes in research and development that could bring less suffering and more quality of life for all that have seizures.
Naschke has a special relationship with the creators of the Vagal Nerve Stimulator (VNS) as he was one of the first people in this area to become a VNS patient. He continues to work with Cyberonics and the Anita Kaufman Foundation as he does fundraising and spreads the word of how to live life to the fullest; "positive vibrations" as he's known to say.
Branching off of the National Purple Day for Epilepsy, Naschke meshed his love of cycling, Galveston and supporting a positive lifestyle and attitude to form the Pedal for Purple Day that is now in its 4th year.
This year, cyclists and supporters of Epilepsy Awareness can meet at the Press Box, 2401 Post Office St., Galveston, Texas @2:00 pm on March 22, 2014. The crowd of cyclists will take off from the Press Box and ride through the streets of Galveston, with some stops along the way, as they show off their purple pride and bring awareness to Epilepsy, which affects at least 1 in every 200 people around the world.