Having epilepsy is difficult for anyone. Side effects of medication, seizure activity, limitations, they all add up. It is especially hard for children. Brain development is greatly affected as children battle epilepsy. Because of this, children with epilepsy need a lot of love and support as they deal with having seizures and the side effects of medications.
One organization has taken steps to help children throughout the United States who are battling epilepsy. The Epilepsy Association of North Carolina, founded by Toney Kincaid, has created a purple bear program. The association sends purple bears to children all throughout the United States to let them know there are people who support them and understand their frustrations. The program has been a success, with one hundred eighty-five bears being gifted, and counting.
These colorful bears are put together by a group of women known as The Happy Hookers of Thomasville, which was created two years ago by its founder Heidi. Due to the high crime rate in Thomasville, Heidi wanted to create a group to bring the community together. What started as a group of four, blossomed into a group of up to twenty women meeting to crochet together. They now meet two nights a week, working to create the purple bears to gift to children with epilepsy.
The Defeating Epilepsy Foundation supports the Epilepsy Association of North Carolina in this project and has donated yarn recently to keep the project going. We will work together to help make this a long-term project for the community. If you would like to take part, the Epilepsy Association of North Carolina is always looking for purple yarn or a donation to purchase yarn.
Please visit their website at https://epilepsyassociationnc.com/ and learn about their purple bear project and how you can help. Thank you for your support and together, we will defeat epilepsy.