For the fourth straight year, both houses of Congress have†officially declared April Parkinsonís Awareness Month. Itís a nice cap to a most successful, jam-packed month of events that began with Michael J. Fox on the cover of AARP The Magazine, and which will culminate in the 19th annual Parkinsonís Unity Walk this Saturday in New York City.†
According to the official resolution, the Senate:
- Supports the designation of April as Parkinsonís Awareness Month;
- Supports the goals and ideals of Parkinsonís Awareness Month;
- Continues to support research to find better treatments, and eventually, a cure for Parkinsonís disease;
- Recognizes the people living with Parkinsonís who participate in vital clinical trials to advance the knowledge of the disease;
- Commends the dedication of State, local, regional, and national organizations, volunteers, researchers and millions of Americans across the United States working to improve the quality of life of persons living with Parkinsonís disease and their families.
The House of Representative similarly designated April to be Parkinsonís Awareness Month.
ďAs the loved one of someone afflicted by Parkinson's disease, I witnessed personally the effect of Parkinson's disease on my father,Ē said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York, who introduced the House resolution.
ďAs a result, I know first-hand we must provide support to the loved ones, caregivers, and researchers attempting to improve the welfare of those living with Parkinson's disease and their families.Ē
While Parkinsonís Awareness Month is soon coming to a close, there are plenty of ways to get involved with The Michael J. Fox Foundation year-round. We invite you to check out these opportunities.