Parkinson Society Canada

Parkinson Society Canada

April 28, 2009 15:34 ET

PSC: What Do Sidney Crosby, Muhammad Ali, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Hilary Duff Have in Common? They Are All Participants in This Year's Plates for Parkinson's Fundraising Campaign

Celebrities dish out support for Parkinson's research

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - April 28, 2009) - Although celebrities don't flock to Halifax, Nova Scotia like they do to Los Angeles, New York and Toronto for the charity circuit, this modest city has caught the attention of over 40 of Tinseltown's heavy hitters with the Plates for Parkinson's fundraising initiative.

Plates for Parkinson's is a collection of celebrity signed and designed plates that are auctioned on eBay to raise money and awareness for Parkinson's disease by Parkinson Society Maritime Region. Celebrities are asked to draw their own interpretation of a tulip, the Parkinson's symbol of hope, on a plate and then autograph it. Plates are then auctioned off during Parkinson's awareness month in April.

The plates will be launched on eBay in three batches beginning April 30th and will end in intervals until May 23rd. Previews of the plates, as well as a full list of celebrity artists, can be viewed at A link to the bidding will be available through the Parkinson Society Maritime Region's website.

Famous figures include: Christopher Walken, David Suzuki, Nickelback, Jully Black, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Gross, George Stroumboulopoulos, Alanis Morissette, the casts of CSI and Degrassi: The Next Generation.

"Parkinson's affects over 100,000 Canadians," say the members of Canadian rock sensation Nickelback. "A portion of the money raised through Plates for Parkinson's helps fund vital research. We are happy to be able to support the important work being done right here in Canada."

Over the past two years, more than $30,000 has been raised to help Parkinson Society Maritime Region ease the burden and find a cure for Parkinson's through education, support services, advocacy and research. Plates sell for $300 on average, but bidders have paid as much as $3,500 and $5,000.

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disease that affects over 100,000 Canadians. When cells in the brain that normally produce a chemical called "dopamine" die, symptoms of Parkinson's appear. The most common symptoms are: tremors or shaking, slowness in movements, muscle stiffness and problems with balance. Other symptoms may also occur for some people, such as fatigue, difficulties with speech and writing, sleep disorders, depression and cognitive changes.

For over 40 years, Parkinson Society Canada (PSC) has been the national voice of Canadians living with Parkinson's disease. PSC has 12 regional offices and 230 chapters and support groups.

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