World Parkinson's Disease Day

April 11 is the World’s Parkinson’s Disease Day. In fact, April is Parkinson’s Awareness month, which means we should all take some time to learn more about this unique condition that affects 10 million people worldwide. Learn more here.

Awareness around Parkinson’s Disease has been critical to understand the condition and help fight it. If you don’t have a relative with Parkinson’s, you surely know Muhammad Ali, George H.W. Bush or Neil Diamond. No one is safe from the degenerative condition.

As harsh as the truth can be, every April 11, we commemorate World Parkinson’s Disease Day. We tip our hats to James Parkinson, an English apothecary, surgeon, paleontologist and activist born this day. Mr. Parkinson studied the disease that now carries his name for the first time, with important discoveries going as far back as 1817. The Shaking Palsy, as he described the condition, still has no cure, but awareness about it has grown considerably in the past few decades, which fuels interest and new research into tackling the disease.

Awareness is the name of the game since there is still much misinformation and ignorance about the disease that can affect anyone regardless of race, gender and economic status. There’s no cure for Parkinson’s, but research is nonstop. A wide range of local, national and global associations and institutions partner to better understand Parkinson’s and fund research in the areas of gene therapy, neuroprotective treatments, cell-based therapies, animal models and other lines of investigation.

April is the month to learn about Parkinson’s and raise funds to fuel treatments to aid those affected. Just by taking part in the many events featured during the month, especially on April 11, is enough to be part of the PS community.

History of World Parkinson’s Disease Day

The origin of the World Parkinson’s Disease Day is a joint effort between the National Parkinson Foundation, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the American Parkinson Disease Association and the European Parkinson’s Disease Association. They’re commemorating Mr. James Parkinson’s 250th birthday, a pioneer researcher for the disease, under the same symbol, the red tulip — the official symbol of the illness since 2005.

April is Parkinson’s awareness month and reaches its peak on Parkinson’s Day. Fund-Raising Events, galas, golf tournaments and Optimism walks are just a few activities you can participate in. Education about the disease is featured, too, with lectures, online workshops and webinars.

Raising awareness towards Parkinson’s is the first step to fund much-needed research around the rare disease that has indiscriminate victims worldwide. This is a time to show support, and it’s one of the most important and notorious medical-related campaigns, along with the breast cancer campaigns, on the planet.

How to Celebrate World Parkinson’s Disease Day

Wear a red tulip! The official symbol of Parkinson’s Disease Awareness. A particular red tulip with white edges, developed by horticulturalist J.W.S. Van der Wereld, who, by the way, suffered from Parkinson’s.

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