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April is Parkinson's Awareness Month - Spread the Word!

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

This year, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is proud to announce that its 2010 Parkinson’s Awareness Month Toolkit and CampaignSpread the Word~Educate Yourself~Support the Cure – 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 to move our cause forward.  By contacting local media with your story, sharing your story online, wearing a Parkinson’s awareness t-shirt, putting a Parkinson’s awareness bumper sticker on your car or quilting for the Parkinson’s Quilt Project – you can spread the word.

Educate Yourself and Others: Education about Parkinson’s can help improve disease management among people living with Parkinson's and can also help to shatter some myths about the disease.   Start by attending PDF’s next PD ExpertBriefing, “What’s in the Parkinson’s Pipeline?” on Tuesday, April 20 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, PDF’s Board of Directors has issued a challenge – Can you help us to raise $50,000 by Friday, April 30?  Your gift(s) will be matched by the Board for up to $50,000.  $100,000 would enable PDF to fund an additional Parkinson’s researcher this year.  Whether it’s participating in this challenge, hosting a local fundraiser to benefit PDF or participating in the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, 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.  So together, we must work together to fund scientific research, ensure the Parkinson’s community has access to the latest information and increase awareness among the general public about the realities of this disease.  We hope the tools provided by PDF’s 2010 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 the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
The Parkinson's Disease Foundation is a leading national presence in Parkinson's disease research, education and public advocacy.  Since its founding in 1957, PDF has funded over $80 million worth of scientific research in Parkinson's disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world.

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.

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Source Date: Apr 01 2010