Community Connections Inc challenged Winner Food Center in wearing purple March 26 to help raise epilepsy awareness in the community.
Winner Food Center showed the most purple and won the challenge. A subway meal from CCI to WFC was the prize for the awesome turn out of their employees wearing purple!
What Is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a neurological condition that affects the nervous system. Epilepsy is also known as a seizure disorder. It is usually diagnosed after a person has had at least two seizures (or after one seizure with a high risk for more) that were not caused by some known medical condition.
What Are Seizures?
Seizures seen in epilepsy are caused by disturbances in the electrical activity of the brain. The seizures in epilepsy may be related to a brain injury, genetics, immune, brain structure or metabolic cause, but most of the time the cause is unknown.
Facts About Epilepsy And Seizures
You don’t walk alone
65 MILLION: Number of people around the world who have epilepsy.
3.4 MILLION: Number of people in the United States who have epilepsy.
1 IN 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.
BETWEEN 4 AND 10 OUT OF 1,000: Number of people on earth who live with active seizures at any one time.
150,000: Number of new cases of epilepsy in the United States each year
ONE-THIRD: Number of people with epilepsy who live with uncontrollable seizures because existing medications do not work for them.
6 OUT OF 10: Number of people with epilepsy where the cause is unknown.
Educate Others About Seizure First Aid
Show others how to take care of someone having a seizure. Seizure First Aid is simple – Three Ss: Stay, Safe, Side.
STAY with the person and start timing the seizure. Remain calm and check for medical ID.
Keep the person SAFE. Move or guide away from harmful objects.
Turn the person onto their SIDE if they are not awake and aware. Don’t block airway, put something small and soft under the head, loosen tight clothes around neck.
Do NOT put anything in their mouth. Don’t give water, pills or food until the person is awake.
Do NOT restrain.
STAY with them until they are awake and alert after the seizure. Most seizures end in a few minutes.
When to Call 911
Seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes
Seizure occurs in water
Person is injured, pregnant, or sick
Person does not return to their usual state First time seizure