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March 26th is...

PURPLE DAY for EPILEPSY AWARENESS 

EPILEPSY AWARENESS DAY -PURPLE DAY – March 26

EPILEPSY AWARENESS DAY -PURPLE DAY

Epilepsy Awareness Day is observed annually on March 26th.  The day has become known as “Purple Day” as people are encouraged to wear the color to increase awareness of Epilepsy.

According to the World Health Organization, nearly 50 million people around the world live with epilepsy.  While it is not contagious, and in many cases, there is no known cause for the condition, sometimes the reason is due to disease or injury such as stroke or infection.
 
It is a treatable condition, but it can be confusing especially for children.  In some parts of the world, treatment may be difficult to get.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Learn more about epilepsy.  Wear purple and use #EpilepsyAwarenessDay or #PurpleDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Purple Day was started in 2008 by Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada to encourage awareness of epilepsy and to cast away some of the myths that cloud the general public’s view of the condition.  While other awareness days had been observed in the past, Purple Day and its founder have begun to get a bit of a following and awareness is spreading around the globe.

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Today is March 25th!  And what is special about today is, it's the......

 

Yes, on this day, several countries around the world set aside to remember the horrors of slavery and the victory in it's defeat.  At the United Nations today, the following words were given by Secretary-General of the United Nations ANTÓNIO GUTERRES :

 

Secretary-General's remarks for International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade [as delivered]

 

Slavery and the transatlantic slave trade were among history’s most appalling manifestations of human brutality.
 
On this International Day of Remembrance, we pay homage to the millions of African men, women and children who were denied their humanity and forced to endure abominable cruelty across centuries.
 
The enslaved peoples from Africa were irrevocably harmed, and in many instances killed, by an institution that should never have existed.
 
Yet they were far more than victims.

Enslaved people struggled against a system that they knew was wrong.  They resisted.  On many occasions, they sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom and dignity.

And so we remember not just the domination of people against their will, but also the invincible spirit that led the oppressed to revolt.

We are inspired by remarkable endurance, resilience and countless contributions to bettering our world.

We need to tell the stories of those who stood up against their oppressors, and recognize their righteous resistance – from Zumbi dos Palmares in Brazil … to Queen Nanny of the Maroons in Jamaica … to Queen Nzinga of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms in present-day Angola … to Harriet
Tubman in the United States and so many more.
 
The theme of this year’s observance is: “Remember Slavery: Power of the Arts for Justice.”
 
Since the time of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the arts have been used to confront slavery, to empower enslaved communities, and to honour those who made freedom possible.
 
Literature, music, poetry and other artforms have been vital tools in commemorating past struggles, highlighting ongoing injustices and celebrating the achievements of people of African descent.
 
Today, the artists, the writers, the poets who are committed to the struggle for racial equality and empowerment should know we are with them.
 
As we mark the International Day of Remembrance, let us resolve to carry their messages far and wide.
 
To fight racism.  To combat xenophobia.  To tackle discrimination.  To end social and political marginalization.  To uphold human dignity for one and all. 
 
Together, let us stand up against old and new forms of slavery, by raising awareness of the dangers of racism in our time, and by ensuring justice and equal opportunities for all people of African descent today.
 
Thank you.

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Wow, Dave!  Thanks for sharing what turned out to be a wonderful story of triumph in the face of adversity indeed.

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Mary's dad had an issue breathing when her parents were on a trip in Switzerland in the early 1980's. They were going up the Matterhorn when he became breathless for a while. When they got back down he had an x-ray and was told he had spots on his left lung. He had it checked here and the specialist here in Madison removed part of the lung which showed he had TB at some point. He never had any more problems. He lived to be 89.

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To those born on March 24th,   HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

 

Peyton Manning, former quarterback/football player

 

Star Jones, attorney and former TV personality

 

Jim Parsons, actor (The Big Bang theory)

 

and to the late....

 

Dorothy Height, civil rights activist

 

Harry Houdini, magician

 

Clyde Barrow, bank robber of the duo Bonnie and Clyde

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Today is March 24th and it is:

World Tuberculosis Day

 

World Tuberculosis Day is a worldwide event that aims to raise public awareness about tuberculosis and the efforts made to prevent and treat this disease. This event is held on March 24 each year and is promoted by organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

March 24th marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch detected the cause of tuberculosis--the TB bacillus. This was a first step towards diagnosing and curing tuberculosis. World Tuberculosis Day can be traced back to 1982, when the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease launched World TB Day on March 24 that year, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Dr. Koch’s discovery.

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I plan on posting interesting tidbits about each day/date of the calendar.  I hope others will add to it as well.  It can be related to any subject as long as it happened on or is correlated in some way with that particular date.

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