March 20, 2013
On March 19 the City Council proclaimed March 26 as Purple Day. This day is recognized all over the world in honor of the over 50 million people who live with epilepsy. Purple Day for Epilepsy, which will be observed annually by the City of Cedar Hills, is dedicated to raising awareness about the disorder. It helps reduce stigma and empowers individuals living with epilepsy to take action in their communities. Purple Day was founded in 2008 by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia and named after the internationally recognized color for epilepsy: lavender.
“We are happy to make this proclamation as a small way to raise awareness in our community,” stated Mayor Gary Gygi. “City staff and officials will proudly wear purple on this day, and we encourage our residents to do the same.”
The Epilepsy Association of Utah is sponsoring several Purple Day events on March 26. Founded in 1973, The Epilepsy Association of Utah is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals living with epilepsy and seizure disorders. One in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some time in their lives, leading to over 150,000 people in Utah alone. Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the US, after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer’s. The Epilepsy Association of Utah offers public education programs, statewide support groups, personal and professional advocacy, college scholarships, art exhibits, educational conferences, summer camps, and more. Visit www.epilepsyut.org for additional information.