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Benton Resident's Design Wins Parkinson's Awareness Month T-Shirt Contest

By Jay Jackson, Community Web Producer

Benton resident Jeffrey Williams is shining a spotlight on Parkinson's disease. His t-shirt design, "We Make a Difference", came out on top in the Parkinson's Disease Foundation's 2013 Parkinson's Awareness Month T-Shirt Design Contest. The design will be printed on thousands of t-shirts to be worn around the country during April to raise awareness.

This annual contest accepts design submissions from people touched by Parkinson's disease from across the United States.

Mr. Williams' design was selected as one of five finalists by a committee of judges and ultimately voted the winner by the general public in an online vote. He fashioned PDF's signature green and yellow tulip logo in a circle to encapsulate the phrase, "We make a difference in the fight against Parkinson's disease."

Williams says that the tulip, which is the official symbol for Parkinson's, is "hugging the slogan to represent organizations like PDF and all those who embrace the people affected by Parkinson's disease and do everything they can to help us live better and get closer to a cure."

Mr. Williams, who works as a graphic designer for a telecommunications company, was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's disease in 2011 at the age of 42. He was inspired to enter PDF's t-shirt design contest to raise more awareness in his community about the disease he battles.

As he notes, he is part of a minority - only four percent of people living with Parkinson's disease are diagnosed before the age of 50.

"This contest was a creative outlet for me to educate others about Parkinson's disease," says Williams. "You don't always realize the challenges that come with Parkinson's disease until it happens to you. I hope that when others wear this t-shirt, it will lead to more curiosity about Parkinson's disease and ways to help fund research for a cure."

Williams' design is now available exclusively in PDF's online store, with proceeds benefitting PDF's research programs, and will be distributed to participants of the Parkinson's Unity Walk in New York City on Saturday, April 27.

For more information or to order an official Parkinson's Awareness Month T-Shirt, call (800) 457-6676, email info@pdf.org, or visit www.pdf.org/shop.

Source Date: Mar 19 2013
Source Publication: THV 11
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