Winston-Salem -- November is Epilepsy Awareness month and in Winston-Salem Saturday, that meant a sea of purple parading through downtown..
The Parade of Great Pyrenees brought bands, dancers and dogs into the streets of Winston Salem.
Dr. Christine Dean, Epileptologist told News 2: "What we are doing is trying to bring awareness to the difficult disorder that affects 2 percent of the population.
Dean says epilepsy affects 100 thousand North Carolinians.
"It causes them not to be able to work not to be able to drive and when you have a child with epilepsy it causes that family literally not to be able to move forward with all their goals."
She says early treatment is key if patients want to maintain at least partial control of the disorder.
Why the Pyrenees? Dean says they are healing dogs that roam around the office and help patients maintain calm.
Click here to learn more about Epilepsy and efforts to combat the disorder.
You can also learn more about the local movement on Facebook. www.facebook.com/pages/Turn-Winston-Salem-Purple.
WFMY News 2