Narcolepsy Awareness Day 2013, also known as Suddenly Sleepy Saturday,Â was observed on March 9. Â Thank you to everyone who participated — the day was a great success! From contacting elected officials, to posting on Facebook, to planning and attending awareness events, people all over the world worked to raise awareness and improve the lives of people with narcolepsy. Â We’re already dreaming up ways to make next year’s event even bigger and better. If you have ideas, pleaseÂ contact us!
Here’s a quick summary of some of this year’s Suddenly Sleepy Saturday events:
Narcolepsy Bed Race, Roanoke, Virginia: Mark Patterson organized this fun and creative event.Â More than 100 people participated, and all proceeds were donated to Narcolepsy Network.Â Â Read more about the race in thisÂ Roanoke TimesÂ article.
Elaine Butler Armstrong organized Ireland’s first Suddenly Sleepy Saturday.Â Â Watch a slideshow from the event.
In Australia, 7News ran a story about narcolepsy.Â Â Watch it here.
And back in the US, Pam Thomason’s successful campaign to proclaim Narcolepsy Awareness Day in Idaho promptedÂ this article in several Idaho newspapers.
Blogger Heather Bertics wrote about requesting and receiving a proclamation in Missouri on herÂ Strides Against NarcolepsyÂ blog.Â Â See her post here.
In Georgia, NN member Marcia Coy spent her SSS speaking to first responders at the Southside Fire Department about narcolepsy and cataplexy. Marcia has now been invited to present at an up coming event for emergency responders for all of Chatham County.
Journalist Amy Jo Martin wrote a story about narcolepsy for the Tidewater Review in West Point, VA.Â See a pdf of the article.
In Wisconsin, the South West Wisconsin Narcolepsy Support Group in Kenosha celebrated SSS by holding its very first meeting.Â Learn more about this new group on their website.
A special thank you to those who requested official proclamations in their states. Narcolepsy Awareness Day Proclamations were requested in:
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
Narcolepsy Awareness Day was also recognized in the city of Charlotte, NC.