PURPLE PUMPKINS RAISE AWARENESS FOR EPILEPSY
Similar to the Teal Pumpkin Project raising awareness for food allergies, the Purple Pumpkin Project is a national initiative of the Epilepsy Foundation to raise awareness of epilepsy.
According to the foundation, one in 26 people in America will develop epilepsy and 65 million people around the globe have already been diagnosed. Epilepsy is a neurological condition which affects the nervous system, causing seizures which can be life threatening. More deaths are caused each year from seizures than breast cancer, but the cause gets little attention, according to Kim Bennett of Simpsonville, whose 8-year-old daughter, Taylor, has epilepsy.
The Purple Pumpkin Project started in 2012 in Connecticut through a Facebook page, which quickly gained likes from across the nation.
Bennett said her daughter experienced two life-threatening seizures as a result of her disorder when she was only 5.
"And there is no known cure at this time," she said.
To raise awareness, Bennett will join the project by painting a pumpkin purple this Halloween. Participants are encouraged to raise awareness by posting photos of the pumpkins to Facebook with an explanation of the project.