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Campaigner wants Google doodle to raise epilepsy awareness

Jo Mumford
Jo Mumford of Team Jo Epilepsy Awareness
A campaigner has launched a petition to get Google to officially recognise Epilepsy Awareness. Jo Mumford, who has epilepsy and runs the Team Jo Epilepsy Foundation to raise awareness and funds for treatment and research, is asking the internet giant to change its home page to incorporate a purple ribbon.

The ‘Google doodle’ changes regularly to recognise significant events or causes, and Jo, from Herne, said it was a huge opportunity. She said:

Epilepsy affects over 65,000,000 people worldwide and causes 1,000 deaths in the UK alone each year. We’re asking Google to create a Google doodle to raise awareness of the condition which still has so much stigma attached because people don’t know about it as much as other conditions.

Millions of people use Google every day and this would reach out to people much more than any epilepsy charity could ever hope to do. For the millions of people worldwide who suffer from epilepsy, it would show them they are not alone.

Epilepsy affects more than 500,000 people in the UK, which means that almost 1 in 100 people has the condition. It usually begins in childhood although it can start at any age. November is Epilepsy Awareness Month and Jo is hoping Google will agree to use the purple ribbon doodle on November 1, and on March 26 which is purple day for the charity. To sign the petition, click here www.change.org/p/help-us-get-a-google-doodle-for-epilepsy

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