Painting the town purple for epilepsy awareness

By on July 23, 2014

Photo: Alexa Hill of Hill’s Country Store is hoping to raise funds for epilepsy awareness with a fundraiser for the Anita Kaufmann Foundation. Hill is selling purple lollipops for $1 each, as well as a gift basket full of purple goodies.
Photo by Lynn Logan

KANEVILLE—Along with Hill’s Country Store in Kaneville, Alexa Hill hopes to turn the rest of the town purple in support of epilepsy awareness.

To do that, the store has a fundraiser underway to benefit the Anita Kaufmann Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to educate the public about epilepsy and eliminate the fear of it.

The fundraiser started at the store on Sunday, National Lollipop Day, with the sale of purple lollipops and raffle tickets for a gift basket filled with purple goodies.

Along with the whole purple connection—the color of the store and the color adopted for epilepsy awareness—Hill said she lost a cousin to epilepsy.

“My cousin Jimmy died of epilepsy a few years ago,” she said. “He knew he had it, but he wasn’t taking the right medicine. He was in his dorm room at college and no one was around to help him.”

Other purple items for sale at the store include purple wristbands and two different purple shades of OPI nail polish. Lollipops and wristbands are $1 each; the nail polish is $4 per bottle, and raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

Although the fundraiser continues through Sunday, July 27, Hill said a free movie night is planned at the store on Friday, July 25. Cartoons start at 7:30 p.m., and “Rio 2” will be shown at 8 p.m. Everyone attending can enjoy free pizza and popcorn, $1 slushies and ice cream cones, and free raffles for the kids.

All kids who attend will receive a free purple lollipop, which they will be asked to hold up for a group picture. Hill said one of the goals of the foundation is to get pictures of people from all over the world holding purple lollipops. Additional lollipops will be available for $1 each.

“Come out and enjoy movie night and have fun spreading awareness about epilepsy,” Hill said. “And don’t forget to wear purple, too.”