International TN Awareness Day

International TN Awareness Day - Oct 7

This is a day of awareness to bring Trigeminal Neuralgia some badly needed public attention. Too often people suffer in silence and feel alone like no one understands. Across the world, various structures "light up TEAL".  In Canada, there are numerous cities that become involved. This year (2017) these are the sites:


  • Calgary Tower in Calgary
  • Telus Spark Centre in Calgary
  • Reconciliation bridge in Calgary (formerly Langevin bridge)
  • High level bridge in Edmonton
  • City hall in Airdrie

British Columbia

  • Brovold Room in Port Moody
  • Port Metro Vancouver - Canada day sails
  • City of Burnaby - Don't light up gave us proclamation
  • Water fountain in Langford will do social media but no light)
  • Fitzsimmons Creek bridge in Whistler 
  • Science World in Vancouver
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver
  • BC Place in Vancouver


  • Forks Market Tower in Winnipeg


  • Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls
  • Niagara Falls
  • Peace Bridge in Niagara Falls
  • Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls
  • Pelham Arches in Niagara Falls
  • Welland Bridge 13 in Niagara Falls
  • CN Tower in Toronto
  • 3D sign in Toronto
  • Absolute Towers, aka Marilyn Monroe Towers,  in Mississauga
  • Walter J Blackburn Memorial Fountain
  • J Allyn Building in London
  • City Hall in London
  • London Life Building in London
  • Convention Centre in London
  • Clock Tower in Mississauga
  • City Hall in Burlington
  • Commons and river walk in Newmarket

 In addition to the sites that light up teal, there are some that issue proclamations.

PROCLAMATIONS:  City of North Bay, Kenora, Newmarket, Georgina, and Stratford Ontario

                                   City of Calgary, Cape Breton, NS,  Kingston

You can get more information from

See a list (with pictures) on the places worldwide participating by clicking on this link:

Let us know what you are doing so we can share it here. Send me an email

Message from Kathy, Group Leader of the Toronto Group and main contact for the day's activities in Canada: 

Ways to celebrate awareness day. I made blue ribbons to give out to anyone who wants. I take to the meetings they can take for friends and coworkers (can do this all year) 

 Your church, workplace, any groups you belong to give them some ribbons.

 I have a tree on my front lawn and I put ribbons on it.     

 I have a table in my house I do a tn theme. (I have collected teal flowers, butterflies, etc ($store inexpensive items I have found over the yrs.)

Buy or bake some cookies, cupcakes, cake,  with blue icing and take them to church, groups, workplace, give to friends and neighbours and tell them why.

I also do a write up what tn is and put in picture frame $store) and put it some where with some blue carnations. My grocery store sprays the tips blue for me but I have to order 2 wks in advance. I usually give one to the people that attend the dinner as a thank you for their support.

This our day to make our voices heard louder. Let's bring more awareness to tn!

 If you have other ideas I would love to hear them  be well everyone

My support group likes to go out for Chinese dinner, buffet, so there is something for everyone. Usually on Oct. 7th there are ribbons, we dress in teal (perhaps just a scarf).  This year we voted to go out for dinner on October 3rd as the 7th falls on Thanksgiving and everyone will be away. Well my computer keeps freezing so just the 2 pictures will have to do.