Today’s show is our annual Purple Day® for (K9) Epilepsy episode of “The Sibe Vibe,” during which we are very proud to make a very special announcement about the debut of a brand new program—#Paws4Purple—a joint partnership between “The Sibe Vibe” host, author, and the FiveSibesMom, Dorothy Wills-Raftery, and The Anita Kaufmann Foundation. #Paws4Purple is a great informational resource to help caregivers of Epi-dogs (dogs with Epilepsy) worldwide.
Our guest for this episode is Ann Marie Bezuyen, author, Epilepsy advocate, and Director of Special Projects for The Anita Kaufmann Foundation (AKF), whose mission is to educate the public not to fear Epilepsy and seizures. The AKF is a global sponsor for the largest Epilepsy awareness initiative in the world, “Purple Day,” which Ann Marie helps coordinates worldwide. Her programs include “Heads Up For Vets!” in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs Epilepsy Centers of Excellence. As Program Director, she also supervises AKF’s Siblings Space Program, Lavender Project, 5th Grade Educational Program, Lace Up for Epilepsy Program, and The Great Purple Cupcake Project for Epilepsy Awareness. Most recently AKF is now presenting #Paws4Purple, the first AKF Canine Epilepsy project, with “The Sibe Vibe” host, Dorothy Wills-Raftery.
Ann Marie received her degree in education from William Paterson University, and has been an epilepsy advocate and educator since 1995. She is extremely passionate about eliminating stigma through educational awareness programs and to that end, she coordinates Epilepsy trainings in person and nationally and internationally via Skype. She works daily with persons with Epilepsy and their families on an individual basis. Ann Marie is an invited local radio and public television guest, as well as the author of several research papers and magazine and newspaper articles.
Photo: Ann Marie Bezuyen, Director of Special Projects for the Anita Kaufmann Foundation (AKF), with the AKF Executive Director Debra Josephs.
Links for Resources in This Show:
To learn about #Paws4Purple,
a new partnership program on Canine Epilepsy by FiveSibes™ #LiveGibStrong and The Anita Kaufmann Foundation, visit: http://purpledayeveryday.org/paws-4-purple/
Note: You can also request hard copies to be mailed, or download digital versions of the #Paws4Purple flyers and bookmarks from this site.
To read more about The Anita Kaufmann Foundation
, visit: www.akfus.org
Learn the origins of Purple Day® and its founder, Cassidy Megan, here: www.PurpleDay.org
Learn more about Purple Day Every Day and how you can “go purple” for awareness by checking out all the great projects here: www.PurpleDayEveryDay.org
To post and share your Purple Day photos, stories, etc. – both K9 and human – visit (and bookmark for future reference) the Purple Day for Epilepsy 2018 Online Facebook Event – #Pets4Purple Day
FiveSibes Website & #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Resources:
Note: Be sure to check out the special annual FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong Purple Day Blog Hop on the March 26th post of the FiveSibes blog.
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