Purple Cupcakes
Photo by Peyri Herrera


Friday night I got a strange request from my fiance. She wanted me to drive her to the Museum of Nature & Science, where she works, the next day. So what was strange about that request? First, she didn’t work on Saturday so she wasn’t asking for a ride to work, and second, she wanted to take her co-workers cupcakes, specifically purpleย cupcakes.Saturday was Epilepsy Awareness Day, also known as Purple Day. It is a day dedicated “to get people talking about epilepsy, to help dispel myths, and to let people with epilepsy everywhere know they are not alone.” On this day, participants wear purple to show support for those who live with epilepsy.

Veronica’s idea was simple. She would get some delicious cupcakes, with purple frosting of course, as a snack for her fellow co-workers.

Epilepsy Cards
Photo by Blas Garcia

Along with each treat, she attached a card that stated “information that is often left out and obscured” about people with epilepsy.

“I have noticed the lack of information some of my coworkers have over this disorder,” told me Veronica. She got the idea for the card after discussing her symptoms with a co-worker. He was under the impression you are supposed to stick something into the mouth of a person having an epileptic seizure.

Veronica considered her cupcake campaign a small victory. Many of her co-workers have since asked her more questions about epilepsy and Veronica happily cleared up other misconceptions of her disorder.

Next year she wants to let even more people know about Epilepsy by hosting a fundraiser bake-off for Purple Day with proceeds going to the Epilepsy Foundation.

If you would like more information on Epilepsy and Purple Day, feel free to leave a comment or check out the following websites:

http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001714/
http://www.purpleday.org/

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