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Latham Ridge celebrates “Purple Day” for epilepsy awareness

| March 26, 2015
The Meyers family with teacher Christine Egan, Principal Aaron Thiell, and representatives from the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York.

The Meyers family with teacher Christine Egan, Principal Aaron Thiell, and representatives from the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York.

Latham Ridge Elementary was a sea of purple on March 26, in celebration of “Purple Day”, an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy.

Students were asked to voluntarily wear purple in support of first grader, Sammy Meyers, who was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2012, and a rare condition called Doose Syndrome. Through the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York’s program, “Shining Stars”, the Meyers family was able to meet another family with a son with the exact same condition. The Meyers were able to find a different medical avenue for Sammy as a result. He has been on the Ketogenic Diet to treat epilepsy for two years, and has been doing great.

During the assembly, a representative of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York talked to Latham Ridge students about seizures and what to do if their friends or family members ever had one.

Latham Ridge students participate in "Purple Day".

Latham Ridge students participate in “Purple Day”.

“It means a tremendous amount to us that everyone particiapted in Purple Day, to raise awareness about Sammy and other children like Sammy with epilepsy,” said Mike Meyers.

The school raised more than $400, with 500 students participating.

“We’re thrilled that the kids got together and raised this money,” said Susan Kaczynski, Director of Development for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York. “This will go towards our programs and services that we provide to people with epilepsy like Sammy.”

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