Parkinson Society Maritime Region

April 20, 2007 14:23 ET

Parkinson Society Maritime Region: Celebrities Support Plates for Parkinson's

Including Hanks, Midler, Stewart, Dr. Phil, Dion, CSI, Cosby, Ali and Crosby

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - April 20, 2007) -

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Celebrities, including Tom Hanks, Celine Dion, Sidney Crosby, Martha Stewart, Dr. Phil, the cast of CSI, Bette Midler, Sidney Crosby and Bill Cosby have joined forces to participate in "Plates for Parkinson's."

The project, created by Parkinson Society Maritime Region Executive Director, Paul McNair, is designed not only to raise funds for support services, education programs and research but also to heighten public awareness and understanding of Parkinson's.

Celebrities have rendered a tulip, the Society's symbol of hope, and autographed the plate. The auction will take place on EBAY starting April 21.

"Parkinson's affects more than 1 million Americans and 120,000 Canadians," says McNair, "and when we started contacting people we were struck by the extent they too had been touched through relatives, friends and business associates who were living with Parkinson's."

McNair says that while Parkinson's affects an enormous number of North Americans, other more visible diseases often overshadow the condition. He hopes that, through the celebrity plates, people will learn more about Parkinson's particularly about Young Onset Parkinson's, as more individuals are diagnosed in their 20's, 30's and 40's.While most often associated with tremor, McNair says Parkinson's also dramatically impacts speech, movement, and daily activities such as dressing oneself, driving, working and other tasks most of us take for granted.

The celebrity-designed plates will be located at They will be auctioned in lots on EBAY until May 5.

Celebrity designers:

Vernon Wells, Toronto Blue Jays
Rick Mercer
Jessica Biel
David James Elliott
Jay Leno
Lorraine Bracco
Harrison Ford
Angela Lansbury
Charlie Sheen
Vanna White
Josh Duhamel

Lynn Johnston, For Better or Worse
Gregg Zahn, Toronto Blue Jays
Randy Travis
Jim Belushi
Don Cherry
Charles Pachter, artist
Robert Downey Jr.
Nathan Lane & Mathew Broderick
Eric Bana
Hugh Laurie
Tim Allen

Bill Cosby
Anne Murray
Martha Stewart
Desperate Housewives
Bette Midler
Cast of CSI (Las Vegas)
Rasheda Ali
Sidney Crosby
Dr. Phil
Celine Dion
Tom Hanks
Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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