Surrey site to light up purple for epilepsy awareness – Peace Arch News

Surrey Civic Plaza will light up purple on Saturday 26th March as part of International Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness.

A statement from the BC Epilepsy Society says that in addition to the Civic Esplanade (near Surrey Town Hall), a tower crane operated by Bluesky in the University Quarter will also light up.

Epilepsy, according to the society, affects about one percent of the population, “meaning there are over 50,000 people with epilepsy in British Columbia.”

March is Epilepsy Month in Canada and one of the ways society celebrates the month is International Purple Day on March 26.

The company says it was founded in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, then nine years old, “to show people living with epilepsy in communities all over the world that they are not alone and that they matter” .

On Purple Day, people and countries “around the world wear purple and participate in events and activities dedicated to raising epilepsy awareness in their communities.”

In British Columbia, dozens of sites across the province light up in honor of the day.

The company also notes that if you see a building or landmark in your neighborhood that lights up purple this year, take a photo of it and email it to Sonia at [email protected]

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