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WHY HAS FACEBOOK TURNED PURPLE!?

By Kayla Giacin
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

You may have seen social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter turn a shade of purple the past few days.  Some of you may already know why and some might be wondering why there seems to be a purple film all over your screen!

Don’t worry; it’s nothing to be alarmed about.  Except that it is.  No, you don’t need to clean your monitor, but the sudden inundation of purple is to signify that it’s World Cancer Day.

Most of you reading this probably already know the devastating impact that cancer has on you, your family, basically anyone who is involved with a diagnosis.

In this case, we’re talking about pediatric brain tumors.  Brain tumors are the second most common childhood cancer, following leukemia, but the one with the highest mortality rate. (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Sites-Types/childhood)

So, how is turning your profile purple going to help?  From my point of view, anything that raises awareness is a step towards further fighting the disease.  If somebody asks me why my profile picture is purple, I can take the opportunity to educate them about the importance of cancer awareness.  I can tell them how it’s affected many people that I love.  I can make others think a little more about it.  Maybe they’ll donate to one of the many cancer organizations funding research or support programs.  Maybe they’ll volunteer for a worthwhile organization. 

No matter the outcome of blasting purple all over the social media I can guarantee at the very least, that it will make people ask questions.  Answering these questions leads to further education, which is the most important step in the right direction towards eradicating cancer for good.

You can find out more about World Cancer Day at: www.worldcancerday.org

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