Parkinson Society Canada

Parkinson Society Canada

April 18, 2011 07:00 ET

Parkinson Society Canada Urges Canadians to Sign the Global Parkinson's Pledge

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 18, 2011) - April is Parkinson's Awareness Month, and Parkinson Society Canada is urging Canadians to sign the Global Parkinson's Pledge to help ensure that Canadians have access to the best services and treatment for Parkinson's disease.

Launched at the second World Parkinson Congress in Glasgow, Scotland in September 2010, the Global Parkinson's Pledge is a worldwide appeal to help build a global Parkinson's movement to make Parkinson's a health, research, social and economic priority around the world and to advance the cure.

"If every Canadian with Parkinson's signs the Pledge and invites five friends to also sign, Canada, alone, will deliver over a half-million signatures," says Joyce Gordon, President & CEO, Parkinson Society Canada. "This can make a huge difference towards improving care and support for people living with Parkinson's and accelerating the push for a cure."

The Pledge aims to improve the lives of people like Doug Martens of Winnipeg, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's seven years ago, at 50. "Parkinson's is an under-funded disease, but to the people who have it and to those in their caregiving circles, it's a significant event." says Martens. "By signing the Global Parkinson's Pledge, you add your name to the list of people who are saying to decision-makers around the world, 'Parkinson's is a disease that requires attention and direct action.'"

The goal is 1 million signatures by October 2013 when the third World Parkinson Congress comes to Montreal.

To sign the Global Parkinson Pledge, visit www.parkinson.ca.

The World Parkinson Congress is the only global Parkinson's conference that brings together the entire Parkinson's community – people with Parkinson's disease, those who care for them, medical and health professionals, and dedicated researchers working toward a cure and better treatments.

Parkinson's is a progressive brain disease for which there is no cure. Over 100,000 Canadians and over 6 million people worldwide have Parkinson's.

Since 1965, Parkinson Society Canada, 10 regional partners, 240 chapters and support groups have been dedicated to providing support, education, research and advocacy on behalf of Canadians with Parkinson's.

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