So I just applied to be an Ambassador for Purple Day on the website http://www.purpleday.org/ since there isn't any group for Inland Empire that exists. I was asked to write something in 250 words or less and this was what I wrote.
"My name is Jonny Barton and I was recently diagnosed in November 2011 with Epilepsy and as hard as it was and still is to deal and accept it, I haven't let Epilepsy take over me, I am still in control and have a great desire to spread Epilepsy awareness. I recently did the Sharon's Walk.Run.Ride in San Diego with Team Barton raising just under $3000 for my first event ever with a team of 5 people and it was such a rewarding experience. I live in Riverside County California which has very little support for Epilepsy and I promised myself that I would do whatever I could to bring the awareness into my local community and so far I have made great strides in the right direction. I am not shy and I love to speak openly with people about how I am affected by my Epilepsy and even started a blog titled "Epilepsy Found me at 33" http://epilepsyfoundme.blogspot.com/
I simple want others to know that they have support and not feel neglected or alone, and my goal is to accomplish awareness to all communities within Riverside/Inland Empire.
Thank you for your time.
Jonathan T Barton"
So if I get picked for this, it will allow me access to more opportunities to promote Epilepsy Awareness and hold events for it. I am very excited and can't wait to hear back!