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Badger football fans to wear purple for epilepsy awareness on Saturday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Despite a big rivalry, the Badgers and Gophers will have one thing to stand together about on Saturday afternoon.

Wisconsin and Minnesota will team up to axe epilepsy, during their battle for Paul Bunyan's axe at Camp Randall.

Both teams will wear "One in 26" decals on their helmets to join in a UW Health effort to raise awareness of the disease. One in 26 Americans will experience epilepsy or seizures in their lifetime. Minnesota's head coach Jerry Kill suffers from seizures so the cause is close to the Gophers as well.

The first 5,000 students at the game will get purple bandanas and another 5,000 fans will get purple towels from The Hub to show their support.

"This is just a small way that we can say, hey we're behind you and we want to make this issue come to the surface and we want more research funding for it," says Anne Morgan Giroux, with Lily's Fund.

Lily's Fund is a non-profit organization that supports epilepsy research at UW-Madison to better understand the disease.

All fans are encouraged to add some purple to their red and white wardrobe on Saturday. The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m.

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