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Events Inspire Parkinson's Fight

Lights on the Mid-Hudson Bridge have been glowing yellow and green since Monday and will continue through Saturday in honor of worldwide Parkinson’s Awareness Month. The yellow symbolizes optimism and hope and the green symbolizes strength.

Other local Parkinson’s awareness events include an exhibit with a quilt display at the Grinnell Library that will continue through April. The wall quilt was made by master quilter Shirley Bernard, a longtime member of the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Hudson Valley who recently lost her brother to Parkinson’s and was diagnosed with the disease 10 years ago.

In addition, the fourth annual Walk Over Water for Parkinson’s will be held from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sunday, April 27 starting from the Poughkeepsie side of the Walkway Over the Hudson. Organized by the support group, the event is free and open to the public. The group has raised $45,000 over the past three years for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation through its annual letter-writing campaign and will accept donations at the walk to benefit Parkinson’s research.

Informational brochures, awareness bracelets and T-shirts and bottles of bubbles for children will be available on the day of the walk. For those who aren’t sure they can walk three miles, student volunteers will be available to push a limited number of free wheelchairs.

“At (the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation), we are inspired by creative and dedicated individuals like the members of the Mid-Hudson Valley support groups who are finding ways to make a difference in the fight against Parkinson’s,” said Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Executive Director Robin Elliott in a news release. “We applaud their efforts not only to help (the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation) fund the most promising research, but also to raise awareness in their community ... about the impact of this disease.”

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly 10 million people worldwide. Although research is underway, there is no cure.

Source Date: Apr 09 2014
Source Publication: Poughkeepsie Journal
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