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PDF Announces Diane Malstrom's "Optimism and Hope" Design Wins Parkinsonís Awareness Month T-Shirt Contest

Twain Harte, CA, resident Diane Malstrom’s t-shirt design, “Optimism and Hope” came out on top in the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s (PDF) 2012 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 from across the United States. Ms. Malstrom and her family care for her 82-year-old stepfather who has lived with Parkinson’s for over 20 years. She entered the contest after visiting PDF’s website for caregiver resources. When her design was selected as one of five finalists by a committee of judges and ultimately voted the winner by the general public, she was thrilled.
“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,” she says.
Ms. Malstrom’s 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.”
Ms. Malstrom says about her design, “Watching the disease progress and the struggle and hardship that goes along with it has been like a mountain climb. 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.”
Ms. Malstrom’s design will be available exclusively in PDF’s online store and distributed to participants of the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York City on Saturday, April 28.
Robin Elliott, Executive Director of PDF, said, “When Ms. Malstrom’s t-shirt design is worn by thousands of people around the country, it will raise awareness of the impact of Parkinson’s disease. Her slogan ‘Optimism and Hope’ reflects the perseverance the community brings to its goal of making a difference in the fight against Parkinson’s. We congratulate Ms. Malstrom for illustrating so vividly the urgency of finding a cure.”
Those interested in learning more about the Parkinson’s Awareness Month T-shirt Contest may contact the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation by calling (800) 457-6676, emailing, or visiting To purchase a t-shirt, please visit

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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.



Source Date: Mar 01 2012