Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOR) today joins people with epilepsy, advocacy organizations and healthcare professionals in recognizing Purple Day ®. On March 26 th people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness. Purple Day ® was founded in 2008 by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, and launched internationally in 2009. The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia and the Anita Kaufmann Foundation in the United States are the global partners for the Purple Day campaign ®. One in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy during their lifetime. 1
2014 National Walk for Epilepsy, Washington, DC, Sunday, March 22, 2014: I Walk Because(TM), part of the Acorda Community Outreach program, gives people a chance to tell their stories by decorating and personalizing t-shirts. (Photo: Business Wire)
Acorda also expressed support for the epilepsy community at the 2014 National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, DC this past Sunday, March 22. In addition to bringing a walk team, this marked the first time Acorda brought its I Walk Because™ booth to an epilepsy event. I Walk Because, part of the Acorda Community Outreach program, is how Acorda exhibits its passion and dedication to the patient communities it serves. Staffed by employees of Acorda, the booth gives people a chance to tell their stories by decorating and personalizing t-shirts. The National Walk for Epilepsy, run by the Epilepsy Foundation of America, brings together a community of people dedicated to ending seizures and supporting people living with epilepsy.
Further highlighting Acorda’s commitment to the epilepsy community, the Company launched Clusterseizures.com – a website dedicated to providing information to healthcare professionals in an effort to help them serve some of their most vulnerable patients.
Epilepsy and Cluster SeizuresEpilepsy is a neurological condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. Seizures are symptoms of abnormal brain activity, and occur when a brief, strong surge of electrical activity affects part or all of the brain.