City of Fort Worth to Glow Purple for Epilepsy Awareness Month
Beginning Nov. 1, landmarks across Fort Worth will light the skyline purple, the official color of epilepsy awareness, in partnership with Cook Children’s. Each year, the Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center at Cook Children’s makes it a priority to raise awareness of this common, yet rarely discussed condition. Epilepsy will affect 1 in 26 people during their lifetime, and currently 3.4 million people live with active epilepsy in the U.S.
On Nov. 1, purple lights will shine at the following locations:
- Cook Children’s Medical Center
- Sundance Square
- 7th Street Bridge
- Will Rogers Tower
- Pier I Imports Building
- Shops at Clearfork
In addition, a ‘#1in26’ selfie statue will be displayed at the north entrance of Cook Children’s Medical Center, next to the 7th Ave. parking garage. We encourage patient families to take a photo with the statue and share it on their social media pages with the hashtag #CookChildrens1in26.
Throughout the month of November, we will also be sharing epilepsy stories on our online newsroom, Checkup Newsroom. Topics will include a new seizure recognition and first aid program currently in place at Cook Children’s, which aims to train all staff members how to recognize and help a person having a seizure. We’ll also highlight the incredible career of pioneer neurosurgeon, David Donahue, M.D.
About Cook Children’s Epilepsy Program
Cook Children's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is one of the leading and most advanced pediatric epilepsy programs in the country. The National Association of Epilepsy Centers recognizes Cook Children's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program as a Level 4 Pediatric Epilepsy Center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
Our program coordinates the skills of a highly specialized team of experts across neurosciences and Cook Children's Health Care System. This team is made up of epileptologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, nurse specialists, EEG technologists, nutritionists, nurse educators, social workers and Child Life specialists, all working together to ensure children with epilepsy receive the most accurate diagnosis and advanced treatment available.
More than 13,000 infants and children with seizures are treated at Cook Children’s each year. Annually, we perform more than 6,000 EEGs and 40-50 epilepsy surgeries, making Cook Children's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program one of the busiest pediatric epilepsy centers in the nation. And with specialized diagnostic tools, like our MEG, the newest generation of advanced imaging technology is now available to even our youngest patients.
For more information, visit our website.