The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) and the School District have partnered to support “Purple Day,” a day set aside for global epilepsy awareness. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to wear the color purple on Friday, March 22, 2013. Global Epilepsy Awareness Day is March 26, 2013, but due to Spring Break for Palm Beach County Schools, our schools are honoring the day on Friday, March 22. Purple is the recognized color of epilepsy awareness. By wearing purple, EFOF and the schools hope to get students, staff, and parents talking about epilepsy and the need to support those with epilepsy.
More than 375,000 Floridians suffer from epilepsy and seizure disorders, and about 42,000 people die every year nationally due to seizures and other related causes. Epilepsy is quite prevalent, with an expected one in 26 people to be diagnosed with epilepsy over the course of their lifetime.
“There are many misperceptions and misunderstandings associated with epilepsy and still a strong stigma surrounding the condition,” according to Colleen Wilcox, Director of Community Engagement for The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. “The Epilepsy Foundation works to raise epilepsy awareness since understanding is critical to allowing those with epilepsy to live full lives.”
The School Board of Palm Beach County will recognize the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida and the Wear Purple to Support Epilepsy Awareness day at the March 13th School Board meeting.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) and serves as the lead advocate for rights and needs of people with epilepsy and other seizure disorders. The family of epilepsy disorders is the third-most prevalent neurological condition in the United States, striking approximately 3 million people nationally and 375,000 people in Florida. About 42,000 people die each year in the U.S. due to seizures from epilepsy and related causes. The EFOF — with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Gainesville and Pensacola — provides numerous services to individuals and families, such as advocacy and counseling, education and prevention, direct medical and neuropsychological services, as well as research and other programs regardless of financial situation or socioeconomic status. For more information, visit www.epilepsyfla.org.