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The Purple Warrior Foundation, founded in 2013 by former Miss Cherokee Taylor Wilnoty, started as an avenue to help educate EBCI tribal members about Epilepsy.  She made it her platform to bring awareness and education to the Tribe and fight the stigma against those who may suffer from this disease.

“I spent most of my life taking care of my older brother who had Epilepsy,” she said.  “When he passed away in 2009 due to a brain aneurysm, my whole world was shattered.  I turned a lot of my sadness and grief into passion so I created the Purple Warrior Foundation and have found an amazing group of people to share this passion with.”

The Foundation is comprised of eight EBCI tribal members including: Chavella Taylor, Cory Blankenship, Jade Peone, Jimmy Burns, Shelby Parker, Sheyahshe Littledave, Dawson Wilnoty, and Taylor Wilnoty.

The Purple Warrior Foundation is working to become a non-profit foundation with the goal to provide education to the local community and funds for families that may need extra help related to treating Epilepsy.

“I’m hoping through our Foundation we educate people about this disease and how it affects the lives of those who live with it,” Taylor Wilnoty stated. “We want to help families living on the Qualla Boundary that may have someone living with epilepsy and one day be able to offer funds for medical expenses or gas for routine doctors’ visits.”

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– Purple Warrior Foundation


Purple Warriors move to the next level...

I know it has been awhile since we last updated you all on the Purple Warrior Foundation but there is a good reason for that. We have been working diligently to become a non-profit for some time now and with the help from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation steering us in the right direction, we were able to attend the WNC Non-profit Pathways workshop where we were taught all the basics when starting our non-profit.

With all that being said the Purple Warrior Foundation has begun establishing our Board of Directors who are dedicated to the fight against Epilepsy & raising awareness here on the boundary.

In our first couple board meetings we have established the following for our long term goals for the foundation:

a. to provide awareness among the community about Epilepsy Awareness.

b. to provide support groups to accommodate the emotional needs of persons or families living with/affected by Epilepsy.

c. to provide financial assistance for routine doctor’s visits or medical emergencies

d. to sponsor, host and/or participate in events and activities that promote and encourage the education of Epilepsy(special Olympics, fundraisers, educational talks, etc.)

So, warriors please join me in welcoming the Purple Warrior Foundation Board of Directors:

Chair- Taylor Wilnoty
Vice Chair- Chavella Taylor (not pictured)
Secretary- Sheyahshe Littledave
Treasurer- Jade Peone
Board Members- Shelby Parker, James Burns & Cory Blankenship

- Taylor