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During March, many City of Dearborn buildings will be illuminated in purple as part of a community-wide effort to bring broader awareness to epilepsy and seizure recognition. The program is sponsored in memory of Dearborn resident Zahra Abbas. On Monday, Mar. 4, Dearborn Public Schools (DPS), the Abbas family, the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, and the Dearborn Parent Teacher Organization will offer specialized seizure first-aid training. The free training will run from 6 - 8 p.m. in the DPS Board Room, 18700 Audette. Space is limited, and registration is strongly encouraged. 

Participants of the training will become Seizure First Aid Certified. The training gives class participants the skills to recognize seizures and respond confidently.

The Epilepsy Foundation’s purple light initiative encourages people to ask questions about the condition while connecting them with more information and awareness about epilepsy. 

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, seizures can manifest in various forms, often leaving individuals confused, disoriented, or unconscious. Primary seizure first aid knowledge is an important first step.

Ali Abazeed, Director of the Dearborn Department of Public Health, stated, “Raising awareness about epilepsy is crucial. A neurological condition that predisposes individuals to recurrent seizures, epilepsy is among the most prevalent nervous system disorders worldwide, affecting people of all ages, races, and ethnicities. By uniting in awareness, our community empowers itself with the knowledge needed to save lives.”