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Get Involved in Parkinson's Awareness Month this April

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.  There are nearly one million people in the US and seven to 10 million people worldwide living with Parkinson’s.

This year, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is proud to announce that its 2011 Parkinson’s Awareness Month Toolkit and Campaign Shatter the Myths – provides resources to help the Parkinson’s community to raise awareness around the US and around the world.

How can you participate?  Here are some ideas:

Spread the Word: Work to raise awareness among your community members about Parkinson’s and why their help is needed.  By contacting local media with your story, sending a letter to the editor, or displaying the Parkinson’s Quilt, you can spread the word.  Order the toolkit today to browse these ideas and more.

Educate Yourself and Others: Let's ensure that the general public understands Parkinson’s and people living with it have access to the latest information about disease management and treatments.   Work to change the misconceptions the general public has about Parkinson’s by participating in our photo and video campaign. Participate in PDF’s next PD ExpertBriefing, “The Parkinson’s Pipeline: Treating Your Parkinson’s,” on Tuesday, April 12 at 1 PM ET, or browse the toolkit for ideas on how to bring the latest information to families affected by Parkinson’s.

Support the Cure: We all want a world without Parkinson’s. But we need your help in getting there. This year, a generous donor - Mr. Irving S. Brilliant – has offered to donate up to $100,000 to PDF matching all other donations made up to that amount by Saturday, April 30. Other grassroots fundraisers are hosting their own events around the country. Whether it’s donating to this challenge, hosting or attending a local fundraiser to benefit PDF or participating in the Parkinson’s Unity Walk on Saturday, April 16, your efforts can raise funds that benefit cutting-edge scientific research.

PDF’s Executive Director, Robin Elliott, noted, “Since Parkinson’s was first identified nearly 200 years ago, we have made progress in understanding and treating the disease. But we have yet to find a cure or to effectively change the many misconceptions about Parkinson’s.  We must work together to fund scientific research, to ensure the Parkinson’s community has access to the latest information and to “shatter the myths” among the general public about the realities of Parkinson’s.  We hope the tools provided by PDF’s 2011 “Shatter the Myths” Parkinson’s Awareness Month Toolkit will help people affected by Parkinson’s to raise the visibility of our cause this April…and bring us closer to a cure.”

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 $85 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $34 million to support national education and advocacy programs.

Source Date: Apr 01 2011