5 Facts About Purple Day®: Supporting Human & K9 Epilepsy

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 65 million people around the world have Epilepsy. Canine Epilepsy also affects thousands of dogs across the world, across the breeds each year.

5 Facts About Purple Day®: Supporting Human & K9 Epilepsy

It is so important, on both the human and the canine fronts, to join together to help others understand, to not be afraid if they see a person or a dog having a seizure, and how to help and be supportive. That is what March 26 – Purple Day® is all about!

Facts About Purple Day®:

  • In 2008, a nine-year-old girl with Epilepsy named Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada, along with the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia (EANS) founded Purple Day.
  • Purple Day’s color is the international color (lavender) for Epilepsy awareness.
  • In 2009, the New York-based Anita Kaufmann Foundation (AKF) and EANS teamed up to launch Purple Day internationally and they encourage people from all over the globe to “go purple” in support of Epilepsy awareness.
  • The Great Purple Cupcake Project” is an initiative that, according to AKF, bakers and individuals are invited “to feature purple cupcakes during the week of March 26th through April 1st in an effort to promote awareness….”
  • On March 18, join others in the Purple Day® Walk for Epilepsy and The Guinness World Records attempt at the largest seizure First Aid training! How? Visit http://purpledayeveryday.org/ for more info and to register today!

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As part of my FiveSibes™ #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign, I joined Purple Day in 2012 as an Ambassador, and encourage people from across the globe to wear something purple and turn their social media pages purple to support both humans and canines living with Epilepsy.

How You Can Support K-9 Epilepsy Awareness on Purple Day:

  • Dress Up is Fun! Dress you and your canine best friend in purple and take some selfies! Be creative! Adorn your pup in a matching purple t-shirt, or dress him in a bandana, collar, leash, bow, socks, or scarf! Pose her with a purple ball, stuffie, or toy!
  • Throw a Purple Pup Party! Who says awareness can’t be fun? Put out a spread of yummy homemade dog treats on a purple tablecloth with purple plates and purple napkins! Don’t forget to snap some pics!
  • Walk for K9 Epilepsy. Organize or join a walk for Purple Day in your neighborhood, where you and your dog sport something purple and walk to support Canine Epilepsy awareness. Need information on Canine Epilepsy to have on hand to share? Contact FiveSibesLiveGibStrong(at)gmail(dot)com.
  • Donate to Help Other Dogs With Seizures. Did you know The Wally Foundation offers financial assistance for much-needed medications to families, fosters, and rescues of dogs diagnosed with idiopathic Epilepsy? If you’d like to help by donating, visit their website at TheWallyFoundation.com.
  • Enlist Your Epi-Dog in a Clinical Trial/Research Study. Visit North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine website to review current enrollment calls at: https://cvm.ncsu.edu/research/clinical-trials/.
  • Draw a Paw! Encourage children to draw paw prints on purple construction paper (and have parents/guardians cut out) or color a picture of a purple dog, and proudly display up on the fridge, bulletin board, or bring to school to share and explain what Purple Day is about.
  • Watch a Video! Pop some popcorn for your family and friends, bake up some doggie treats, and together watch this FiveSibes Purple Day for Canine Epilepsy Awareness video featuring some pretty (p)awesome furry supporters from across the globe: https://youtu.be/4_R_v99QnDY.
  • Be a Friend! Connect with others via our worldwide online Purple Day for Epilepsy 2017 Facebook event. My co-host and I will be sharing important links, videos, photos, and Epilepsy-related information, and we welcome your photos, too!
  • A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words! Take a photo of your Purple Day fun with your pet and post on your blog and/or social media accounts and link up to our 3rd Annual FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong Purple Day Blog Hop on March 26 at http://FiveSibes.blogspot.com. Use the following hashtags on your social media posts: #PurpleDay, #FiveSibes, #LiveGibStrong, #K9Epilepsy, #EpilepsyAwareness, and #paws4purple.

Together, let’s proudly “go purple” in support of humans and canines living with Epilepsy. For more info on Purple Day and Purple Day events, please visit www.PurpleDay.org and http://PurpleDayEveryDay.org.

5 Facts About Purple Day®: Supporting Human & K9 Epilepsy

dorothy wills-rafteryDorothy Wills-Raftery

Dorothy Wills-Raftery is an award-winning photojournalist and author of EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy; the FiveSibes™ Tales children’s books What’s Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy and Getting Healthy With Harley: Learning About Health & Fitness; and Buddy, the Christmas Husky~Based On A True Holiday Miracle books (ArcticHouse Publishing), as well as the international FiveSibes blog, based on the lives of her five Siberian Huskies. Her work has also appeared in American Pet Magazine, Ruff Drafts, The Sled Dogger, and Hudson Valley Paw Print Magazine. Dorothy is the writer and host of “The Sibe Vibe” Dog Works Radio show.” Named “Best Author” in 2015 & 2016 by Hudson Valley Magazine and all four books named “Best in Print” by American Pet Magazine, Dorothy is a 5-time Dog Writers of America Association “Excellence” nominee, winning the prestigious Maxwell Medallion in 2016 for her writing. An official International Purple Day® for Epilepsy Ambassador since 2012 and a volunteer case manager for The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy, Dorothy is the creator of the FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness campaign inspired by her own epileptic Husky, Gibson. In addition to her Siberian Huskies, Dorothy shares her home­ with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and new grandson. You can follow Dorothy and her FiveSibes on Facebook at FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews, on Google + , Twitter, and Instagram (@FiveSibesMom).

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30 Responses to 5 Facts About Purple Day®: Supporting Human & K9 Epilepsy

  1. Nichole says:

    Thank you for sharing Purple Day and the facts about K-9 Epilepsy Awareness. Penny has a friend in her nosework class that has epilepsy.

  2. A purple puppy party sounds like so much fun! I never knew there were so many people with epilepsy. Thanks.

  3. THANK YOU for sharing about this day. I honestly didn’t even know about it. My hound dog Boomer started having seizures in the last year or so. Thankfully only about 1-2/year right now. Will definitely be spreading the word about this day and looking for a Walk for K9 Epilepsy in our area as well. :)

    • FiveSibesMom says:

      I am glad to hear Boomer is doing well. If you ever have any questions, or need info, please do not hesitate to contact me! I hope you’ll join in our Blog Hope for Purple Day as well!

  4. DearMishu says:

    “65 million people around the world have Epilepsy” – wow u had no idea!!

  5. Jana Rade says:

    Didn’t know there was such a day; great idea, though. Sharing.

  6. Allison says:

    Yet another reason to like purple! Thanks for all the info.

  7. I hope the Guinness World Records attempt is successful and it brings more awareness to the issue!

  8. Beth says:

    That is pretty awesome that a 9-year-old founded Purple Day.

    I’ve learned so much about canine epilepsy through the years thanks to you. I love all your suggestions for ways to increase awareness. Maybe I need to order Theo a purple bow tie before March 26!

    • FiveSibesMom says:

      Yes, Cassidy is an amazing gal. Thank you, Beth. I really appreciate that! I hope you’ll join in our Purple Day Blog Hop and share Theo’s pic in a purple bow tie!

  9. This a very important message and needs to be told. Thanks for sharing. Love Dolly

  10. We will be supporting again. So important to spread awareness and info so people are not so afraid and know what to do.

  11. Cathy Armato says:

    These are wonderful awareness ideas. I’ve got to get me some purple cupcakes to help spread the word!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  12. Dash Kitten says:

    I didn’t know about purple being the international colour! I will read your post properly wheny ontetmey is back up.

  13. Thank you for sharing Purple Day with us and the meaning behind it. I had two grand mal seizures 40 years ago, but they never diagnosed me with epilepsy. It was a very scary few years never knowing when I’d have a seizure again.

  14. Kim says:

    A purple pup party is a great idea. We will try and get ourselves together in time

  15. Patricia says:

    I really was surprised when I found out there were so many animals who suffer from epilepsy, I thought it was just us humans! If you are looking for alternative treatments for your dogs this is a good site http://www.canine-epilepsy.com/Alternative.html to read.

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