The Purple Pumpkin Project

Purple Pumpkin
The Purple Pumpkin Project was meant to inspire conversation about epilepsy, which is the most common neurological disorder. (By Jessica Moore | jesmoore@courant.)

Excerpt of article by Kristin Stoller | Hartford Courant

In 2012, Ron Lamontagne was struggling with how to tell people about his son’s diagnosis when he drove past a pumpkin patch. He said he came up with the idea to paint pumpkins purple — the color for epilepsy — to raise awareness and answer questions about epilepsy.

There is still a huge stigma association with epilepsy,” he said. “Many people still believe that people [with epilepsy] are demonic. You would think that in today’s day and age, that stuff would be proven false, but there are still some very old beliefs.

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Thanks to Ron Lamontagne for his part in strengthening epilepsy awareness; Kristin Stoller for writing the article; Hartford Courant for committing its resources to the article; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text in this post.

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