April is Parkinson's Awareness Month! The sample press release below can be used for media outreach in your community!
For Immediate Release
[Organization name, if applicable]
[Contact phone number]
[Insert Community Name, Organization] Plans Community Awareness Initiative for Parkinson’s Disease
[Date, Your City, State] – This April, millions of people around the world will recognize April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month. [Community name] residents are working hard to make their contribution on a local level. [If you are writing about an event, include the details here.]
[Group name] invites [community name] to participate in Parkinson’s Awareness Month by [attending our event on date, place, time or visiting our Awareness Display at Town Hall].
Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder that is chronic and progressive. It affects many in our own community, such as [Individual name]. Not only that:
- Nearly one million Americans are living with Parkinson’s.
- Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and this number does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected.
- Seven to 10 million people worldwide are estimated to be living with Parkinson’s disease.
- Incidence of Parkinson’s increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with Parkinson’s are diagnosed before the age of 50.
Unfortunately, the cause of Parkinson’s is unknown and presently, there is no cure. That’s why [Group name] is rallying [community name] this April to raise awareness and funds for a cure.
As local resident [Name] said, [Insert a personal quote here telling your story as a person living with Parkinson’s, caregiver, fundraiser, etc.]
[Group name] invites all community members to join them in raising Parkinson’s awareness by [Include your call to action or Event Name].
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 or definitive cause of Parkinson’s disease.