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Vernon Residents Participate in Parkinsonís Awareness Month

This April, millions of people around the world will recognize April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month. A few Vernon residents are working hard to make their contribution on a local level. The Parkinson’s Can Do Club invites Vernon area residents to visit our Parkinson’s Awareness Display at the Sussex County Library, Dorothy Henry branch, 66 Route 94, Vernon. Literature displayed is free so if you have PD or know someone who does, please take some.

Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder that is chronic and progressive. It affects many in our own community. Not only that:

Nearly one million Americans are living with Parkinson’s.

Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and this number does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected.

Seven to 10 million people worldwide are estimated to be living with Parkinson’s disease.

Incidence of Parkinson’s increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with Parkinson’s are diagnosed before the age of 50.

Unfortunately, the cause of Parkinson’s is unknown and presently, there is no cure. That’s why the PD Can Do Club is working this April to raise awareness and funds for a cure. As local resident Gerry Mulligan said, "I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1996. PD is a progressive disease, so you have to keep a positive attitude. You cannot give up fighting this disease. A good neurologist and lots of exercise are essential to maintain quality of life."

The letter above was written by one of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation research advocates Gerry Mulligan. Learn more about how you can get involved.

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Source Date: Apr 29 2011
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