St. Joseph’s to wear purple to raise epilepsy awareness

Purple isn’t just the color of Barney the dinosaur.

It’s also the official color of epilepsy.

And next Wednesday, students at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy are campaigning for everyone at the school to wear purple in honor of two students — a senior and junior —who have epilepsy, said senior Ben Wheeler who is part of the student council that is organizing the event.

They are also calling for a “Purple Out” at the school’s baseball game against West Branch, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Shaner Field, with the hopes everyone in attendance will wear purple.

T-shirts have been designed, and are being sold for $15 at the baseball game or $10 at school, Wheeler said.

Money raised will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Central Pennsylvania.

“We don’t have a specific goal in mind, but we’d like to trump the former Pink Zone we had in the fall, which was about $2,000,” Wheeler said. “Everyone seems pretty enthusiastic about it.”

The idea to hold a Purple Out came about a month ago when a student at the school had a seizure.

“We just wanted to have an epilepsy awareness day,” Wheeler said. “Everyone knows what it is, but they don’t know how to respond to it. This is going to help in the research and spread awareness.”

International Purple Day for Epilepsy is March 26.