The Creation of Purple Day


 Purple Day was founded in 2008, by Cassidy a West Halifax Youth Cheerleader! 


With the help of the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia, Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26, people from around the globe are asked to wear purple and spread the word about epilepsy.

Cassidy's Story

Hi, my name is Cassidy, and I have epilepsy. I started Purple Day because I wanted to tell everyone about epilepsy, especially that all seizures are not the same and that people with epilepsy are ordinary people just like everyone else. I also wanted kids with epilepsy to know that they are not alone.

Before I started Purple Day, I was afraid to tell people about my epilepsy because I thought they would make fun of me. After the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia did a presentation in my class, I started to talk with the other kids about my seizures. That is when I decided to become a spokesperson for kids with epilepsy.

When I’m not in school or working on Purple Day, I like to act. I have been in a couple of commercials and was the lead in a movie featured in the Atlantic Film Festival. I also like to play outdoors with my friends, take care of my four pets, go to Girl Guides and cheerlead. My favourite thing to do is spend time with my family.

To learn more about Cassidy's story please visit

Check out a Purple Day TV Public Service Announcement video that Cassidy filmed with her team, which is now playing in Australia!


...The West Halifax Family is happy to support Cassidy and Epilepsy Awareness by wearing Purple on March 26.

Why purple? Lavender is the international colour for epilepsy.