It’s that time of year again when the leaves turn colors & fall to the ground, humans & their pawsome furbabies start thinking about costumes they may want to make for Halloween but more impawtantly; especially for Epilepsy Warriors, we get the purple out to decorate our pumpkins.
If you have been pawt of our community you nose every year we yap about why we do that. Hi, CEO Olivia here to remind you or if you are new, to educate, ‘Why the woof is that purple pumpkin all about.
We have been yipping about ‘The Purple Pumpkin Project since 2015 & because we feel that this is a wagnificent way to get humans to ask us why. That’s pawsactly what The Purple Project founder’s intension was when he started this yearly event ten years ago.
Ron Lamontagne who’s youngest son was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2009 at the age of four started the Purple Pumpkin Project Facebook page on September 2, 2012. Within two days, the page had likes in all 50 states; it reached more than 500 likes in the first three days. Ten days later, the page surpassed 1,000 likes, & photos of purple pumpkins started pouring in. Within two years the PPP Facebook page had grown expediently & purple pumpkins are now appearing globally. Why is that pumpkin purple?…to initiate dialog & to spread awareness of epilepsy.
1 in 26 Americans will be diagnosed with Epilepsy at some point in their life. Epilepsy is also one of the most common neurological diseases in dogs, some studies estimate the prevalence of canine epilepsy is estimated to be between 0.5-5-7 percent. This means that as many as 1 in 20 pawsome dogs may experience a seizure in their lifetime.
I was diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy before my 1st birthday. As a Canine Epilepsy Ambassador I spread awareness wherever I go & try to reach others all over the world.
This Halloween, on the eve of Epilepsy Awareness Month, turn one of your pumpkins purple & encourage others to do the same. Host a purple pumpkin decorating or carving event at your home, school or workplace & help your community get seizure smart.
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