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Parkinsonís Quilt Visits Merrimack Valley

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. In recognition of this, Newbury, Mass. resident Andrea Bursaw has helped bring a piece of the Parkinson’s Quilt to the Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild’s annual quilt show.

The quilt display — open to the public — will take place on Friday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Parkinson’s Quilt, an initiative led by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, is the first global quilt to focus the world’s attention on the 7-10 million people worldwide living with Parkinson’s. More than 600 people living with and/or affected by Parkinson’s created the panels. They hail from 14 countries. In the U.S., panels have come from 46 of the 50 states. Eleven of the quilters (including Ms. Bursaw) hail from Massachusetts.

Ms. Bursaw, a skilled quilter and member of the guild, became involved in the Parkinson’s Quilt project because her close friend lives with the disorder. Her panel is sewn together with 16 others to form a piece of the quilt that will come to Merrimack Valley. It will be displayed in the exhibit hall alongside more than 125 other quilts, and a poster next to it will explain its role in the Parkinson’s Quilt project. Booklets, including a Q&A on Parkinson’s disease, will also be available.

The show will take place at Timberlane Regional Middle School, 44 Greenough Rd., Plaistow, N.H. Admission is $6 for adults. Children under 12 are free. For more information, call 800-457-6676.

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Source Date: Apr 20 2011
Source Publication: The Jewish Journal
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