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Dear Colleagues,

On Tuesday, March 26th, I will be wearing something purple in support of Purple Day. Purple is the international colour for epilepsy, and UHN, in partnership with Epilepsy Toronto, is proud to celebrate this important awareness day for a disorder that affects 1 in every 100 Canadians.

Purple Day was started by Cassidy Megan, a young girl from Nova Scotia, to raise awareness about epilepsy. Last year, Parliament voted to pass Bill C-278 – the Purple Act – to officially recognize March 26th as "Purple Day" for epilepsy awareness and 2013 will mark the first national Purple Day in Canada.

In recent weeks, thanks to the generosity of three of our patients, epilepsy has been the subject of a five-part story on Global News Toronto as well as profiled in UHN Ne​ws, and we have featured these stories on our website. I hope that you'll take the time to watch and read these stories as they illustrate many of the misconceptions about epilepsy and what can be done for people with epilepsy. These stories also demonstrate the strengths of the epilepsy program at Toronto Western Hospital.

On March 26th our sites will be hosting tables with information about epilepsy from 11:00am – 2:00pm as follows:

  • Toronto General Hospital (Eaton Lobby)
  • Toronto Western Hospital (Atrium)
  • Princess Margaret Hospital (Main floor Atrium)
  • Toronto Rehab's Lyndhurst Centre (Main Physiotherapy Gym)

Stop by the info booths to enjoy a variety of purple inspired baked goods, games and prizes.

Don't forget to s​​how us your purple! We also encourage staff to take pictures of your Purple Day gear and Tweet them to us. Here's how: Tweet your pics to @UHN_News with the hashtag #PurpleDay. We'll feature your purple pics on our UHN Facebook page. Plus, take our Purple Day poll question on Facebook: Facebook.com/UniversityHealthNetwork

For more information on epilepsy and Purple Day visit www.epilepsytoronto.org or www.purpleday.org

My thanks to all of the staff in our epilepsy program for the work you do – it makes a huge difference in the lives of our patients.

Bob​

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