Princeton 16-year old Nikolaos Naz is campaigning in town for epilepsy awareness.

Princeton 16-year old Nikolaos Naz is campaigning in town for epilepsy awareness.

Princeton goes purple for epilepsy awareness

Local 16-year-old campaigns for epilepsy awareness in Princeton.

Local 16-year old Nikolaos Naz can tell you all about Purple Day, should you ask him. He and his mother Teri are Community Champions currently campaigning for the Center for Epilepsy & Seizure Education.

Purple Day is an awareness campaign that is close to their hearts. Nikolaos Naz began having seizures at the age of two.

He was diagnosed with Polymicrogyria (PMG) a developmental malformation of the human brain characterized by an excessive number of small convolutions (gyri) on the surface of the brain. Either the whole surface (generalized) or parts of the surface (focal) can be affected.

At the age of 16, with thanks to medication and the fact that he is growing up, he has been seizure free for the past two and a half years.

“It was hard to live with,” said Naz, “But you have to stay strong, and not give up.” Naz said that his doctors: Dr. Adams (Princeton) and Dr. Farrell (Children’s Hospital) along with his mom helped him to stay strong.

This is his second year of campaigning and he does so to encourage other kids to be strong, promote Epilepsy awareness and to help raise funds to send kids to summer camp, provide support services and to promote research.

On Wednesday, March 21 Naz will host a high school dance for Princeton Secondary Students. Advance tickets for $5 and $8 at the door. The dance will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Purple Cupcake Day will be held on March 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cooper’s Foods. Naz and mom Teri will be on hand selling cupcakes by donation.

Teri and Nikolaos send out a extra special thank you to Keith Olsen at Everything Pets for his tremendous support and a thank you to the following business for their generosity and support: The Source, Mac’s Auto Parts, Rootz Hair Salon, Winking Pedlar, The Loonie Bin/Bakery, A & W, Lordco, Shopper’s, Billy’s, Pizza Party, Country Kitchen, Dairy Queen, Gold and Jade, Subway and Cooper’s Foods.

On Monday, March 26, you can show your support for Purple Day for Epilepsy and for Naz by donning apparel of the colour and turning Princeton purple for a day.

 

Just Posted

The weekly COVID-19 map for June 6 to 12. (BC CDC)
South Okanagan sees only 5 new cases in last week

The Similkameen Valley went a second week without any new cases

Birtch Parlee is one of approximately 132,000 transgender people living across the nation, according to Statistics Canada. Photo submitted
Transgender in a small town – Princeton B.C.

“I buried it. I pushed it down. I lived a lie.”

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

Dan Albas
COLUMN: Reopening the international border

Governments in Canada and the United States are working towards reopening plans for the border

Okanagan Lake (File photo)
Thompson-Okanagan ready to welcome back tourists

The Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association expects this summer to be a busy one

Bear wanders Kelowna on June 15. (Michelle Wallace/Facebook)
Bear climbs fence, uses crosswalk in Kelowna

The bear was spotted on Baron Road Wednesday evening

This photo of the small wildfire burning above Naramata was taken at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021 (Monique Tamminga Western News)
BC Wildfire on scene of small wildfire above Naramata

Smoke has been showing since earlier in the day

Students in the Grade 10 entrepreneurship program at Summerland Unisus School have completed a cookbook with international recipes. (Contributed)
Summerland students create virtual international cookbook

Entrepreneurship program at Summerland Unisus School uses virtual cookbook as fundraiser

Hundreds of people, young and old, joined the three-day Walking Our Spirits Home procession, honouring residential school survivors, those who never made it home and all those affected by the institutions. Here people walk the third portion on June 13. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Walking Our Spirits Home from Kamloops provides path to healing

First Nations in and beyond Secwépemc territory join in to honour residential school survivors

More flames
Lake Country home destroyed in large blaze, 11 dogs rescued

Fire crews are responding to 10839 Hallam Drive

(Facebook/Kelowna Cabs)
Kelowna Cabs reaches tentative agreement with dispatchers union

The tentative agreement could help end the dispute between the taxi company and the dispatchers

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

A boat sharing service is extending to Summerland. The company, Penticton Boat Club and Rentals, is also taking over the boat rentals at Summerland Waterfront Resort. (Photo by Chris Stenberg)
Boat sharing service extended from Penticton to Summerland

Company will also operate boat rentals at Summerland Waterfront Resort

201 First Street West 1980s. Prior revitalization. (Photo from Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
Man who redesigned downtown Revelstoke honoured with lifetime achievement award

Robert Inwood has worked on historical projects across the province

Most Read