Today's Parkinson's Unity Walk was opened by Michael J. Fox!
"The annual Parkinson's Unity Walk is a powerful way for families, friends, caregivers, research organizations and major Parkinson's foundations to come together," said Martin Tuchman, Chairman of The Parkinson Alliance. "For any individual or family affected by Parkinson's disease who wants to feel the support, strength and compassion of a community – this Walk is where you should be." Currently, more than 1 million individuals in the U.S. are living with PD and 60,000 are newly diagnosed annually.
"The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) is proud to participate in and support the 2012 Parkinson's Unity Walk," said Joyce Oberdorf, NPF President and CEO. "This event truly unifies the whole Parkinson's community behind a common mission—supporting the best, cutting-edge research. It is like no other."
In addition to being able to walk with thousands of members of the Parkinson's community, participants are able to take full advantage of a myriad of available resources at the event, including information about clinical trials, educational material from leading Parkinson's organizations and information on how to become an advocate for the Parkinson's community. This day of community and education also provides individuals who might otherwise have limited access to experts in the field, a chance to speak directly with movement disorder specialists, neurosurgeons, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists.
Most importantly, whether PUW participants are individuals diagnosed with PD seeking encouragement, family and friends showing support, caregivers desiring to know more, or researchers working toward new therapies, the PUW serves as a source from which to draw strength and build a greater community of support.
"It is by motivating, collaborating, educating and raising awareness of Parkinson's disease that we take important steps toward our goal of improving the quality of life of Parkinson's patients while we continue to work toward a cure," said Tuchman.
Video Source: Published on Apr 28, 2012 by Jessicafrank510