This November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, as started by the Epilepsy Foundation. A nationwide campaign, it strives to bring awareness to America by educating individuals regarding epilepsy and first aid for seizure victims. It is an important month to “rally the community to raise awareness of epilepsy and find a cure”, stated Tony Coelho, of the Epilepsy Foundation.
It is important for those of us in the community to understand the signs and symptoms of epilepsy, and know how to respond if someone is experiencing a seizure. Epilepsy effects almost three million Americans, and even more do not know how to properly recognize and respond to someone who is having a seizure. In fact, one in every ten Americans have had, or will have, a seizure in their lifetime.
For this November, the Epilepsy Foundation for Eastern Pennsylvania (EFEPA) will be kicking off the awareness celebration by lighting the Philadelphia sky purple, and placing posters on SEPTA’s Regional Rail system, as well as utilizing social media, and fundraisers to help boost community recognition of those suffering from epilepsy. Philadelphia residents are encouraged to view the buildings lit up purple as follows:
One Liberty Place – All Month
Two Liberty Place – All Month
Ben Franklin Bridge – Nov 21- 30
Cira Center – Various days throughout the Month
National Constitution Center – All Month
PECO Lights – Nov. 14-16
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – All Month
Philadelphia Inquirer Building – All Month
Police Headquarters – All Month
Strawberry Mansion Bridge – Last two weeks of the Month
With hopefully more buildings participating as the month moves forward.
The social media campaigns and fundraisers in the area are listed on the EFEPA website here, with updates throughout the month.
As you give thanks this November, remember to keep the victims of epilepsy in your minds. We all know someone who has been, or will be effected by a seizure in their lifetimes, and it is important to understand how to treat and assist those suffering from epilepsy. For more information, please visit the EFEPA at www.efepa.org