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Help is Needed

September 11, 2013 by

The Parkinson’s  Disease Community Needs Help from Everyone!

Most people have basic information about Heart Disease, Cancer, Alzheimer’s and other major diseases, but not much about Parkinson’s Disease (PD).

60,000 Americans are newly diagnosed with PD each year.  1,000,000 to 1,500,000 people and their families are now living with PD.  It is expected for those figures to more than double by 2040.  About 20% diagnosed with PD are between the age of 30 and 40.  That’s a surprise isn’t it?  It’s not just a disease of old people.

My daughter and son-in-law both have PD.  Since there is nothing I can do to change their diagnosis or take the disease away, there is another way I can help them.

As Oregon State Director for Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), along with hundreds of volunteers across America, I advocate for awareness, education and research.

PAN is the unified voice of the entire PD community, including the 6 major PD foundations.  We educate the public and government leaders in Washington, DC, for research to bring about better treatments, a cure and an improved quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s.

The Parkinson’s community needs your help!  Learn how on the PAN website.  The website is full of information on legislation, current research, Medicare issues and how you can help.  Add your voice to advocate for awareness, education and research for Parkinson’s Disease.  It’s easy!  Get information at www.parkinsonsaction.org

 Mellany Lieuwen Baker

Oregon State Director

Parkinson’s Action Network

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