People across the globe are set to colour-coordinate today in honour of Purple Day 2018, the International Day for Epilepsy Awareness.

Purple Day aims to dispel myths surrounding epilepsy, a condition of the brain that affects 50 million people worldwide.

Cassidy Megan, 16, founded the event in 2008 following her own battles with epilepsy after she was diagnosed age 7.

The Anita Kaufmann Foundation and Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia joined forces in 2009 and helped launch Purple Day internationally.