Epilepsy is a disorder that often gets overlooked, but not at a local elementary school where students chose to commemorate National Epilepsy Awareness Month for November by supporting one of their own.
It was a sea of purple at Buckeye South Elementary where hundreds of students dressed all in purple for their friend Daniel who just last year was diagnosed with Epilepsy.
“We decided to do that because Daniel had a seizure last year when he was here and he’s gone through several procedures since then so we wanted to show our support,” said principal Kimberly Leonard.
All month long, the students and staff plan on raising money that will go towards procedures that Daniel will undergo. However, Shannon Langford, Daniel’s mother, says they will actually be donating that money back to the Epilepsy Foundation to help other families in need.
“I myself have helped out in the organization before Daniel was ever diagnosed and I did not know at the time that I myself would be put in the position where I would in turn be the one being supported,” she said.
Leonard added that Daniel’s seizure last year really forced the school to become more educated about epilepsy and to get involved in spreading the word about this neurological disorder.