FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
South Jordan Proclaims March 26th Purple Day
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, February 19, 2013 – On February 19th, 2013, South Jordan Mayor Scott L. Osborne officially proclaimed March 26th, 2013 and every subsequent March 26th, Purple Day in the city. Following the efforts of Demi Sintz, Purple Day Ambassador for South Jordan, and the office of the Mayor, the proclamation is the first to be signed in the state of Utah this year.
12 year old Sintz became an Ambassador to raise awareness for all the right reasons:
“If you asked anyone in my school what they would do if they saw someone have a seizure, I bet most of them wouldn’t have a clue.” Sintz said. “My little brother has epilepsy. I became a Purple Day Ambassador to be an advocate for my brother and to help make people more aware about epilepsy. I want people to know what to do if they see my brother, or anyone else, having a seizure. It could happen anywhere. It could save a life if you know what to do!”
She continued: “I want people to know what a seizure looks like. I want them to know it will be scary and it will be every time, but you need to be calm. Let the person know you are there for them. You need to know what to do. I have learned to be there for my brother and I know it will be ok!”
The Epilepsy Association of Utah applauds Demi and the City of South Jordan for dedicating the day to the 150,000 people of Utah, and their families, who live with the condition.
ABOUT PURPLE DAY
Purple Day for Epilepsy is held each year on March 26 and is dedicated to raising awareness about epilepsy. It helps reduce stigma and empowers individuals living with epilepsy to take action in their communities. Purple Day was founded in 2008 by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, and named after the internationally recognized colour for epilepsy, lavender. Purple Day was launched internationally in 2009. The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia and the Anita Kaufmann Foundation in the United States are the global partners for the Purple Day campaign. UCB Canada Inc. is the exclusive Canadian biopharmaceutical partner for the 2012 Purple Day campaign. For more information, please visit www.purpleday.org.
ABOUT THE EPILEPSY ASSOCIATION OF UTAH
Founded in 1973, The Epilepsy Association of Utah is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals living with Epilepsy and seizure disorders. 1 in 26 people will develop Epilepsy at some time in their lives leading to over 150,000 people in Utah alone. Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disorder in the US after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s. The Epilepsy Association of Utah offers a public education program, statewide support groups, personal and professional advocacy, college scholarships, art exhibits, educational conferences, summer camp and more. Visit http://epilepsyut.org for additional information.
Press Contact: Lindsey Palmer