People around the country are getting their purple out for a good cause.

Coming up on the 27th is Purple Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness and understanding about epilepsy. spoke with Geri Woudstra, a mother of a child with epilepsy. Geri explains that Purple day is “an international grassroots dedicated to raising awareness about epilepsy worldwide.”

Woudstra says that it started by a Megan Cassidy from Nova Scotia. She says each year, people around the world are invited to wear purple and raise awareness and host events as a part of epilepsy advocacy.

According to Woudstra, the organizing committee of an event called Katie’s Run have been promoting Purple Day in Haliburton County for the past four years.

Woudstra explained that Katie’s Run is a charitable event named after her daughter Katie. Katie had started having seizures at age 14 “and then her life became about living with epilepsy.”

The run itself started in 2012 when friends of theirs created the run as a way to support the Woudstras and raise money for epilepsy research. Woudstra says all of the funds raised continue to go to researching the neurological disorder.

Katie’s Run goes July 6th.