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Littleton Resident's Artwork Selected for Parkinson's Charity Calendar

Littleton resident Margaret Tennant is one of 13 artists whose work was selected to appear in the Parkinson's Disease Foundation's (PDF) 2012 Creativity and Parkinson's calendar.  Her photograph of the Milford Sound in New Zealand was featured in the month of January.  This is the second time Tennant's work was chosen for the calendar.

Tennant, now 53, was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2000 at the height of a corporate career in human resources at General Electric, which involved stints in China. After she was diagnosed, she discovered a passion for photography, particularly wild life and scenery which has taken her to exotic locales such as the Galapagos Islands.

"Parkinson's disease shuts you down a little bit. I don't talk as much in groups as I used to and seldom seek the spotlight,” Tennant said. “Taking photographs or working with art is a way of letting people know you have something inside of you that you want to express."

Tennant soon found she was not alone in her experience. More than 300 other people with Parkinson's have participated in PDF's Creativity and Parkinson's Project, which encourages those living with Parkinson's to explore their creativity and its potentially beneficial effects. Tennant's photograph was chosen among these individuals to be featured in PDF's annual print calendar, which is distributed nationwide to nearly 20,000 people.

Tennant believes her diagnosis has not only opened up her creative side as a form of expression but also pushed her to new heights. "The disease has taken me to many interesting places. For the best photograph, I'll take the extra step and push a little farther. I'll climb up the hill to get the better angle or find different lighting. If I had never had Parkinson's, I might never have learned that about myself," she says.

Robin Elliott, Executive Director of PDF, said "We thank Ms. Tennant for her contributions to the Creativity and Parkinson's Project and applaud her for having her artwork selected for the 2012 calendar.  Her works, those of the 12 other individuals featured in the calendar and the more than 300 in the online gallery, have inspired those affected by Parkinson's who come to PDF looking not only for information, but also for hope.  At PDF, we are hopeful that by creating a space for Ms. Tennant's works and those of other people living with Parkinson's, we can begin a conversation about the reports of beneficial effects of creativity."

Those interested in learning more about Tennant's artwork may contact the Parkinson's Disease Foundation by calling (800) 457-6676, emailing info@pdf.org, or visiting www.pdf.org/creativity.

About Parkinson's Disease 

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US.  Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson's.

About the Parkinson's Disease Foundation

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson's disease research, education and public advocacy. We are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson's by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson's through educational programs and services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $90 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $37 million to support national education and advocacy programs.

Margaret DeJesus is the Media Relations Intern for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation

Source Date: Mar 20 2012
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