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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 18, 2020 01:27 PM
From: Representative Christopher B. Quinn
To: All House members
Subject: Epilepsy Awareness Day – March 26, 2020
 
Please join me in co-sponsoring a resolution recognizing March 26, 2020 as Epilepsy Awareness Day in Pennsylvania.

Epilepsy Awareness Day is observed annually on March 26th and has become known as “Purple Day” to encourage individuals to wear the color purple to raise awareness about this disease.

Epilepsy is a neurological condition sometimes referred to as a seizure disorder and characterized by recurring seizures. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 50 million people around the world live with epilepsy, with approximately 150,000 new cases per year.

Symptoms include a convulsion with no fever, short blackouts or confused memory and sudden stiffness for no apparent reason. A few of the popular treatment options include changing someone’s diet, vagus nerve stimulation, antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and surgery.

Currently, there is no cure for most types of epilepsy, but early diagnosis and proper treatment is key to living a full life.

I hope you will consider joining me in raising awareness and encouraging research to fight this disease.



Introduced as HR766