“In 2008, a young girl from Halifax initiated the first Purple Day for Epilepsy to raise awareness about epilepsy and dispel common myths about the illness. This day is now recognized internationally by more than 85 countries.

“About one in 100 Canadians live with epilepsy, a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures. There is no cure for epilepsy, but for many, their seizures can be controlled with medication or other treatments.

“Often, for those living with epilepsy, the stigma associated with their illness is their most difficult challenge.

“Today, we encourage Albertans to wear purple and show their support for those living with epilepsy. Please take a moment to learn more about this illness and to share that important information with others.

“For epilepsy services and support, please contact the Epilepsy Association of Calgary at 403-230-2764 or the Edmonton Epilepsy Association at 780-488-9600.”