Empowering Epilepsy will host two Northeast Ohio events that will give participants the chance to enjoy an open house that includes two hours of bowling with shoes, all-you-can-eat pizza, wings and soft drinks, and the chance to meet others who support epilepsy awareness.
- The Second Annual Purple Day Party in Akron will take place at AMF Riviera Lanes (20 S. Miller Road, Fairlawn) on Sunday, March 25 from 2-8 p.m. Bowling time choices include 2-4 p.m., 4-6 p.m., and 6-8 p.m.
- The Fourth Annual Purple Day Party in Cleveland will take place at RollHouse Entertainment of Solon (33185 Bainbridge Road, Solon) on Thursday, March 22 from 4-10 p.m. Bowling time choices include 4-6 p.m., 6-8 p.m., and 8-10 p.m.
The cost for each event is $15 per person, and financial assistance is available on an as-needed basis for anyone who understands epilepsy.
Purple Day is an International Epilepsy Day that was started in 2008 in Canada by a then-9-year-old named Cassidy Megan, who experiences Complex Partial Seizures, as she wanted to help promote epilepsy awareness. Her goal was to get people talking about epilepsy in an effort to dispel centuries-old myths about seizures, and inform those living with epilepsy that they are not alone. It is now celebrated on all seven continents. People are invited to wear purple and host events to support epilepsy awareness.
Epilepsy impacts more than 65,000 people and their families in Northeast Ohio, and over 3,400,000 people nationwide. Also, while one in 10 people will experience a seizure in their lifetime, one in 26 people will develop epilepsy.
In Akron, Empowering Epilepsy holds monthly support groups with yoga at the Fairlawn Kiwanis Community Center. In Cleveland, the organization holds monthly support groups with restorative yoga at the Center for Stroke and Hand Recovery in Solon. To learn more about Empowering Epilepsy, visit empoweringepilepsy.org or facebook.com/empoweringepilepsy.