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PDF Mourns the Loss of Artist Carol Blann

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) mourns the loss of Carol Blann, who passed away on July 2 in New York City.
 
Ms. Blann, who lived with Parkinson’s disease for many years, was a photographer and an active participant in PDF’s Creativity and Parkinson’s Project. The project, which exists to explore, support and encourage the therapeutic value of creativity in Parkinson's, includes an online gallery of creative works and personal statements by more than 270 artists who live with Parkinson’s.
 
Each year, 13 of these artists are chosen by PDF to be featured in a print calendar, which is distributed nationwide to nearly 20,000 people. Ms. Blann’s photographs were featured in three of the annual calendars – in two of which, they graced the front cover. In the 2011 calendar, her photograph “Snowy View Across Central Park, NYC” is featured for the month of January.
 
In another example of her creativity, Ms. Blann created a 2’ by 2’ square for the first Parkinson’s Quilt, which was unveiled at the Second World Parkinson’s Congress in Glasgow, Scotland last October. She raised $3,000 to support the quilt and its goals to raise awareness of Parkinson’s around the world.
 
Ms. Blann practiced psychotherapy for 30 years before fully committing herself to her art. She resided in New York City and Edgemont, NY.
 
PDF Executive Director Robin Elliott noted, “Carol was an immensely talented artist whose photographs inspired many — as well as a close and treasured friend of PDF. She will be missed terribly — as will be the example of her spirited fight against the Parkinson’s that she carried with such courage and dignity. We mourn with her beloved husband, Jim, and their family.”
 
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Source Date: Jul 05 2011