Mom teams with Amherstburg Public School for epilepsy awareness

 

By Ron Giofu

 

They wore purple, ate purple-iced cupcakes and even painted their fingernails purple.

But students at Amherstburg Public School weren’t just doing this to be fashionable or to snack, the main objective was to raise awareness of epilepsy.

Deanna Sinasac partnered with Amherstburg Public School last Tuesday to bring Purple Day for Epilepsy to the elementary school. It was the second year she did it and it also proved to raise some funds for the Epilepsy Support Centre.

Students raised money for that day with children asked to bring in a loonie or a twonie.

A cheque for $220 was presented to Nikki Porter, communications liaison with the Epilepsy Support Centre as part of the activities at the school.

Sinasac explained her involvement is due to family concerns, as daughter Alexis has the neurological disorder. She added they want more children to be aware of the condition in order to understand what it is and not to be afraid of someone has a seizure.

“My daughter was diagnosed when she was two. She started having seizures,” said Sinasac.

The Epilepsy Support Centre in Windsor received a $220 from Amherstburg Public School last Tuesday as the local elementary school recognized the global Purple Day for Epilepsy initiative. Vice-principal John Hoy (left) and Alexis Sinasac present the cheque to Nikki Porter, communications liaison with the Epilepsy Support Centre.

The Epilepsy Support Centre in Windsor received a $220 from Amherstburg Public School last Tuesday as the local elementary school recognized the global Purple Day for Epilepsy initiative. Vice-principal John Hoy (left) and Alexis Sinasac present the cheque to Nikki Porter, communications liaison with the Epilepsy Support Centre.

The growing awareness of epilepsy is something Sinasac said she is happy with adding she wants to let more people know what it is all about and why March 26 was Purple Day for Epilepsy.

The disorder can impact everyone from seniors to babies, she said, adding that one in 100 Canadians have epilepsy.

“It is one of the most common neurological conditions, second only to migraines,” she said.

Purple Day for Epilepsy is a global day of epilepsy awareness and Sinasac stated the federal government officially recognized it with the passing of the Purple Day Act in 2012.

“Many thanks to Amherstburg Public School for supporting Purple Day activities,” said Sinasac. “It is a great way to get the students involved and educate them about what epilepsy is and what to do if they see someone have a seizure or if they have a friend with epilepsy. Learning basic facts will help them better understand people affected by epilepsy.”

While Purple Day for Epilepsy is celebrated every March 26, Sinasac stated she hopes to see awareness expand to more than one day per year and would like to see people not forget about others who live with epilepsy daily.

“When parents like Deanna and schools do this, I think it’s fantastic,” Porter said of last Tuesday’s activities.

Porter said events like the one held at Amherstburg Public School allow for children to learn about epilepsy and help clear up many of the misconceptions that come from epilepsy.

“It teaches them that it’s OK to have epilepsy. It busts the myths so the next generation will be more informed,” said Porter.

3 responses to “Mom teams with Amherstburg Public School for epilepsy awareness”

  1. Deanna Sinasac says:

    Just want to thank the river town times guys that made this all happen. Thank you for listening and coming out and helping me bring awarness. You guys rock

  2. Kathy Brighton says:

    So proud of Deanna & the girls!

  3. Kathy Brighton says:

    So proud of all the hard work Deanna & her girls have done to help with Epilepsy awareness. They have been tireless advocates of this misunderstood disorder and they a passionate about getting the information out to the public. Deanna’s girls Mackenzie & Alexis can only benefit from their involvement with this cause. Wsy to go ladies!!!