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Young Onset Designer from Arkansas Wins PDF's Parkinsonís Awareness Month T-Shirt Contest

Benton, AR 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 (PDF) 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." Mr. 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 Mr. 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."

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Robin Elliott, Executive Director of PDF, said, "We congratulate Mr. Williams for illustrating the urgency of finding a cure. And his slogan - "We Make a Difference" - is a vivid and inspiring articulation of the commitment that people with Parkinson's bring to their cause. When his t-shirt design is worn by thousands of people around the country, it will raise awareness of the impact of Parkinson's disease."

Mr. 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.

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 $96 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $40 million to support national education and advocacy programs.

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Source Date: Mar 12 2013