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Twain Harte Woman Wins Parkinson's T-shirt Design

Twain Harte resident Diane Malstrom's T-shirt design, "Optimism and Hope," has won the 2012 Parkinson's Awareness Month T-shirt Design Contest. The design will be printed on thousands of shirts to be worn around the country during April to raise awareness.

2012 Parkinson's Awareness Month T-ShirtThe annual contest, held by the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, accepts design submissions from across the United States. Malstrom and her family care for her 82-year-old stepfather, who has lived with Parkinson's for more than 20 years. She entered the contest after visiting the foundation's Web site for caregiver resources.

"To win this contest means so much because I really wanted to raise awareness not only about this disease but the resources available to caregivers and to show my stepfather how much we love him," Malstrom said in a news release. Her design depicts a climber reaching the top of a mountain covered in tulips, the official symbol for Parkinson's. Above the mountain are the words "Optimism and Hope."

handout - Twain Harte resident Diane Malstrom’s T-shirt design, “Optimism and Hope,” has won the 2012 Parkinson’s Awareness Month T-shirt Design Contest.

"Watching the disease progress and the struggle and hardship that goes along with it has been like a mountain climb," Malstrom said. "The person climbing the mountain in my design represents all of us, the caregivers, our loved ones, and the people living with Parkinson's. Everyone is touched by the disease."

Shirts bearing her design will be available in the foundation's online store and distributed to participants of the Parkinson's Unity Walk in New York City on April 28.

To learn more about the Parkinson's Awareness Month T-shirt Contest, contact the foundation by calling (800) 457-6676, e-mailing info@pdf.org, or visiting www.pdf.org. To purchase a T-shirt, visit www.pdf.org/shop.

Source Date: Mar 12 2012
Source Publication: The Modesto Bee
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