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"The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives."


November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month (NEAM) and the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois will continue the Epilepsy Foundation’s #ShareMySeizure campaign, which began in 2016. The 2019 awareness campaign will focus on the #StaySafeSide message of awareness. This message highlights how easy it is to help someone who is having a seizure and how these simple steps –STAY.SAFE.SIDE-will help us remember basic seizure first aid. Stay with the person, keep the person Safe, and turn the person onto their Side if they are not awake and aware.

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois (Belleville Area)

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois will be celebrating National Epilepsy Awareness Month for the month of November by raising Epilepsy awareness at every point of contact including a health fair at the Southern Illinois College; Church Organizations, and an Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled. EFGSI staff continues to spread the word to wear the color purple throughout the month of November to “End Epilepsy.” The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois, on November 8, 2019, will also be holding their monthly Support Group in honor of NEAM and partaking in a variety of activities that include Brain games, decorating purple pumpkins, as well as other Epilepsy related activities.

Epilepsy Foundation of Southern Illinois (Mount Vernon Area)

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois-Southern region has continued the “Purple Pumpkin” campaign in October as a precursor to November’s National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Booth’s at our local pumpkin patches, with pumpkins donated by our local patches, allowed people of all ages to decorate purple pumpkins while learning about epilepsy. Purple paint for the pumpkins was generously donated by Sherwin Williams in Mt. Vernon, Rural King in Effingham, and Walmart in Mt. Vernon. The decorations for the pumpkins were donated by Lindsay Millikin. Purple pumpkins were also decorated in kindergarten and pre-K classes at schools in Jefferson and Marion counties.

Epilepsy 1st Aid and Awareness education presentations will take place throughout the month of November.

We provided an Information and Awareness booth alongside IlliniHealth at SIU-C’s Community Awareness Night at the last pre-season basketball game before the season kicks off in November.

Purple Day Activites

  • November 7th-Frontier Community College booth-Fairfield
  • November 8th-Medicine Shoppe-Fairfield
  • November 11th-Dillard’s-Marion
  • November 15th-The Amy Center-Mount Vernon
  • November 23rd-Rural King-Effingham
  • November 27th-Wabash Coffee House-Palestine, IL
  • More activities coming soon!