Pur­ple Hike for Epilepsy com­ing up

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The Epilepsy As­so­ci­a­tion of Nova Sco­tia we will be hold­ing its third An­nual Digby Pur­ple Hike for Epilepsy on Sun­day, Oct. 21, start­ing at 1:30 p.m. at the Digby Her­itage Cen­ter, 1 Prince Wil­liam Place.

This Hike is to raise aware­ness for a very com­mon neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­der, epilepsy. There are cur­rently more than 14,000 di­ag­nosed in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing in Nova Sco­tia and 42 new di­ag­noses oc­cur ev­ery day in Canada. Sixty per­cent of all di­ag­nosed in­di­vid­u­als are chil­dren and the el­derly.

This aware­ness ini­tia­tive is also a fundraiser to sup­port the Epilepsy As­so­ci­a­tion to de­liver ed­u­ca­tion to schools, em­ploy­ers, nurs­ing homes, hos­pi­tals and first re­spon­ders and pro­vid­ing pam­phlets, seizure first aid cards and Pur­ple Day sup­plies in the tri-county area.

“We are look­ing for 100 peo­ple to raise $100 and ev­ery in­di­vid­ual who raises $100 will get a t-shirt or swag,” reads a me­dia re­lease.

To reg­is­ter and re­ceive pledge sheets you can con­tact Phyl­lis Thurber at 902-245-5498 or the Epilepsy As­so­ci­a­tion of Nova Sco­tia at 902-429-2633 or send an email to ed@epilep­syns.org.

In 1986 there was an­other form of dam­age to the horse. At that time Fred A. Hat­field, ed­i­tor of the Yar­mouth Van­guard, re­ceived an en­velop in the mail con­tain­ing one of the horse’s cast iron ears and a let­ter of apol­ogy. The sender said it was “deep­est shame and sin­cer­est apol­ogy” that they were con­fess­ing to hav­ing rid­den the horse and taken part of it home as a sou­venir. They sought Hat­field’s help in see­ing that the horse’s ear was right­fully re­turned to the town, say­ing they never should have taken it in the first place.

The horse has also be­come part of a tra­di­tion. Ev­ery spring a few “ex­tras” are added to it as it is dec­o­rated by grad­u­at­ing stu­dents from the school of nurs­ing in Yar­mouth. In the past it’s been adorned with bal­loons, stream­ers, med­i­cal gloves

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