The Purple Pumpkin Project began in the fall of 2012. It was founded by Ron Lamontagne who was searching for ideas on how to spread epilepsy awareness. Ron’s youngest son was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2009 at the age of four. The local pumpkin patch provided the solution. Since kids would soon be carving & decorating pumpkins, he thought why not make one purple & tell people about epilepsy when asked, “Why is your pumpkin purple?”
Ron has seen how epilepsy impacted his son. Although he appears like an average kid on the surface, his son has experienced major challenges academically, physically & socially. Additionally, there is much misconceptions & fear about epilepsy.
Although Ron has been outspoken about the challenges his son faces, many people still choose to keep their seizures private. By raising awareness, Ron hopes to support those people & increase overall awareness of epilepsy.
Ron started the Purple Pumpkin Project Facebook page on September 2, 2012. Within two days, the page had likes in all 50 states; it reached more than 500 likes in the first three days. Ten days later, the page surpassed 1,000 likes, & photos of purple pumpkins started pouring in. Almost two years later, the PPP Facebook page has grown expediently & purple pumpkins are appearing globally.
Why is that pumpkin purple?…to initiate dialog & to spread awareness of epilepsy. 1 in 26 Americans will be diagnosed with Epilepsy at some point in their life. Epilepsy is also one of the most common neurological diseases in dogs, some studies estimate up to 4% of all dogs are affected. Our CEO Olivia was diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy before her 1st birthday. As a Canine Epilepsy Ambassador she spreads awareness globally.
This Halloween, on the eve of Epilepsy Awareness Month, turn one of your pumpkins purple & encourage others to do the same. Host a purple pumpkin decorating or carving event at your home, school or workplace & help your community get seizure smart.
CEO Olivia ❤