The CN Tower to be lit in Red on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 for World Encephalitis Day!

OTTAWA, 20 February 2017-The Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Foundation, pleased to announce that on February 22, 2017, the CN Tower will be lit up in red for World Encephalitis Day.

The initiative of designating a day to raise public awareness and amongst healthcare providers was spearheaded by the Encephalitis Society in 2014.   It aims to raise the profile of Encephalitis, a devastating neurological illness that affects approximately 500,000 people world-wide, yet is largely unknown by many.  One of the ways it aims to do this, is by illuminating well-known buildings and landmarks in red around the world.

The Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Foundation, founded in 2012, is the only organization in Canada, dedicated to raising awareness of autoimmune encephalitis and is proud to lead the way in shining a stark, bright light on Encephalitis in Canada.

Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain, may be caused by either a virus, a bacteria,be vector borne or by the immune system turning on itself and attacking the brain(post-infectious / autoimmune encephalitis).

Both adults and children can be affected.  Mortality rates are high and in those who survive, many are left with an acquired brain injury.

Other historic landmarks and buildings will also be lit in red across Canada, including Niagara Falls, The Peace Bridge in Fort Eerie, The High-Level Bridge in Edmonton andthe Sails atop Canada Place in Vancouver.

A standard light show will run for 8 minutes at the top of every hour on the CN Tower

Please click here to view the French translation.