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Thank You for Participating in Parkinson's Awareness Month 2010!

Your efforts during the month of April helped to raise awareness around the country and around the world.

  • PDF, because of your support, raised over $60,000 through the Parkinson's Awareness Month Challenge.  $50,000 of this total was matched by PDF's board for a total of $110,000.  Proceeds will fund a PD researcher in 2011.
  • Over 1,400 of you browsed through the Parkinson's Awareness Month Toolkit to find tips for raising awareness in your neighborhoods.
  • 30 of 50 states, 27 counties and 28 cities around the US, and the US Senate officially proclaimed April as Parkinson's Awareness Month, because of your advocacy efforts.
  • Over 1,600 of you wore the Fight to Win T-shirt, designed by the winner of the 2010 T-Shirt Contest.
  • 200 of you decided to Quilt for Parkinson's, joining 400 others whose quilt panels will be displayed at the World Parkinson Congress in Scotland this September to show the world the impact of Parkinson's.
  • 1,000 of you became new fans of PDF on Facebook - sharing your stories with the PD community.

We can’t forget the countless others of you, in communities around the US, who have hosted events, displayed posters in your local community centers and more.  Thank you for your efforts in raising the visibility of Parkinson’s around the US and around the world!

Arizona Mom Wins PDF’s Parkinson’s Awareness Month T-Shirt Contest

T-Shirt DesignHeather Hinrichsen’s Fight to Win design for Parkinson’s Awareness Month was featured on a t-shirt that has now been worn by hundreds of people throughout the US.  She received over 800 of 1,900 votes in the PDF T-Shirt Contest, beating out four other finalists.  Ms. Hinrichsen, who lives with young-onset Parkinson’s disease (PD), says “I hope that by sharing my story, people will realize that Parkinson’s is not just an older person’s disease.  It can strike younger people.  Through the t-shirt, I want to spread the message to everyone to fight PD.  I plan to fight until I win — I have PD, but it doesn't have me.”

PR Veteran Lobbies for Parkinson’s Awareness Month in Two Cities

Terry ShapiroAfter being diagnosed with Parkinson’s less than two years ago, California resident and former public relations professional Terry Shapiro found new meaning in April.  So this year, she and friend Steven Kimbrough planned a night of comedy for Parkinson’s which took place on April 3 at Bluebird Café in Culver City, CA.  It gathered family and friends, and garnered media coverage.  Ms. Shapiro also lobbied Whittier Mayor Bob Henderson and Culver City Governor Andrew Weissman to recognize Parkinson’s Awareness Month in their cities.  She says, “The more that the public understands the challenges of Parkinson’s and the more that individuals raise awareness, the easier it will be for researchers to make progress in finding the causes of Parkinson’s.” 

Artist Brings Passion for Martinis and Music to Parkinson’s Quilt Project

Larry Schneider quiltLarry Schneider Jr., used his talents during April to contribute to PDF’s Parkinson’s Quilt Project.  Mr. Schneider, 40, has lived with PD since the age of 27.  He has been an artist for his entire life, working in college as a free-hand illustrator and now as a computer graphic artist.  He put his skills to use by creating two quilt panels.  The first, entitled, “Park N Sons Martini Bar and Lounge (Always Shaken, Never Stirred),” is a light-hearted take on his PD.  The second, a tribute to music, features an image of him playing bass guitar.  He says, “Although Parkinson's has affected my life, I am still a husband, a father and an artist.  I feel positive about anything I can do to help raise awareness about Parkinson’s.”  Mr. Schneider’s quilt and those of 600 other individuals will be displayed at the World Parkinson Congress in Scotland in September.