The Origin of the Purple Pumpkin Project
While on a drive one Sunday morning with his family, founder Ron Lamontagne was brainstorming ideas on how to spread epilepsy awareness. The local pumpkin patch provided the solution. Since kids would soon be carving and decorating pumpkins, he thought why not make one purple and tell people about epilepsy when asked…
Why is Ron’s pumpkin purple?
Ron’s youngest son was diagnosed with Epilepsy in 2009 at the age of four. Since the diagnosis, Ron has seen how epilepsy impacted his son. Although he appears like an average kid on the surface, his son has experienced major challenges academically, physically and socially. Additionally, the stigma of epilepsy has impacted relationships in the family. Although Ron has been outspoken about the challenges his son faces, many people still choose to keep their seizures private. By raising awareness, Ron hopes to support those people and increase overall awareness of epilepsy.
1 in 26 Americans will be diagnosed with Epilepsy at some point in their life!
Almost 500 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed every day in the United States. That means every 4 minutes someone is hearing "It's Epilepsy."
This Halloween, on the eve of Epilepsy Awareness Month, turn one of your PUMPKINS PURPLE and encourage others to do the same. Host a PURPLE PUMPKIN decorating or carvingevent at your home, school or workplace and help your community get seizure smart.