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Parkinsonís Awareness Month is Nationally Recognized

Yesterday it was announced that April had been officially designated by the US Senate as Parkinson’s Awareness Month.  Please see more information below, provided by the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), the advocacy arm of the Parkinson’s community and the organization that worked to make this initiative a reality.

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is pleased to have taken a role in ensuring that Parkinson’s Awareness Month is recognized by the US government.

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U.S. Senate Designates April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Tuesday, 30 March 2010--For the first time, the U.S. Senate has designated April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month.  This action signifies the importance of Parkinson’s disease, and recognizes Congress’ commitment to finding better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease.  Thanks to the actions of Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), and Mark Udall (D-CO), S. Res. 474 was passed by unanimous consent on March 26, and this designation is now a national reality.

“Every April, people living with Parkinson’s and their families, as well as Americans across the country, recognize Parkinson’s Awareness Month,” said Sen. Stabenow.  “It is the hope of better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s that drives the work of advocates across our country to educate others about Parkinson’s, and I am pleased to lend my voice to such an important cause.”

“The Parkinson’s community has long recognized April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month, in the hopes of spreading awareness about this disease, and it is good to know that now the recognition is national,” said Amy Comstock Rick, Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) Chief Executive Officer. 

PAN is working with our national network of grassroots advocates to promote Parkinson’s Awareness Month and urge the passage of similar resolutions in state and local governments.  We look forward to seeing proclamations from across the country raising awareness about Parkinson’s disease.

PAN expresses its gratitude to Sens. Stabenow, Isakson, Johanns, and Udall for their unwavering support of the Parkinson’s community and this designation.  With their help, we look forward to continuing to advocate for better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease.


Source Date: Mar 31 2010
Source Publication: Parkinson's Action Network
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