Fort Worth, Texas,
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Why Downtown Fort Worth will Glow Purple Tonight

If you’re out and about in Fort Worth this evening, you may notice some recognizable landmarks glowing purple. While it’s not uncommon to see the city awash in this color in support of TCU’s Horned Frogs, there’s a different reason for the lights shining tonight. November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month and purple is the official color of the cause. In addition to Cook Children’s Medical Center, Fort Worth’s 7th St. Bridge, Will Rogers Tower, Dickies Arena, TCU Stadium and the new City Hall (previously the Pier I Imports Building) will all glow purple.

“Epilepsy will affect one in 26 people during their lifetime, and 50,000 kids in Texas each year,” said M. Scott Perry, M.D., head of Neurosciences at Cook Children’s. “It’s my personal mission to do everything I can throughout the year, but especially during the 30 days of November, to bring awareness to this common disorder.”

Besides spearheading the effort to light Fort Worth purple, Dr. Perry can be seen sporting his purple Vans tennis shoes this month. He’ll also toss the coin at Paschal High School’s football game on Nov. 4, which will be dedicated to raising awareness of the disorder.

Currently, 3.4 million people live with active epilepsy in the U.S. If you’re interested in learning more about epilepsy, check out some of these stories we’ve covered on Checkup Newsroom:

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