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Purple Day (26th March) is a global event dedicated to raising epilepsy awareness. Purple Day was founded in 2008, by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada. Motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy, Cassidy started Purple Day in an effort to get people talking about the condition and inform those with seizures that they are not alone. She named the day Purple Day after the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy, lavender.

Epilepsy affects over 50 million people worldwide - that's more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Parkinson's disease combined. In Australia, around 250,000 people are  currently living with epilepsy and it is estimated that 3% will experience the condition at some point in their lives.