March is designated as Epilepsy Awareness month in Canada. Epilepsy York Region (EYR) supports awareness of epilepsy not only during this month but all year long.
Epilepsy is still largely misunderstood in the general public and educating others about what epilepsy is can help in reducing the stigma attached to the condition.
One of the highlights of Epilepsy Awareness Month is Purple Day.
Purple Day was started in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, a girl from Nova Scotia who wanted her friends to know what it really meant for her to live with epilepsy. Her dream of sharing her story has turned into a recognized, global movement to raise awareness for epilepsy on March 26th. March 26th is now officially known as Purple Day in Canada thanks to the passing of a federal private members bill supported by all parties in Parliament in June 2012.