On Wednesday, April 10, the United States Senate declared April 2019 Parkinson's Awareness Month, bringing attention to the disease and the needs of patients. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced the resolution and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) was the co-sponsor. Isakson and Stabenow are the Senate co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease.
The 2019 Parkinson's Awareness Month Senate resolution:
- continues to support research to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's disease;
- recognizes the individuals living with Parkinson's disease who participate in vital clinical trials to advance the knowledge of the disease; and
- commends the dedication of organizations, volunteers, researchers and millions of individuals across the United States working to improve the quality of life for individuals living with Parkinson's disease and their families.
The full text can be found here:
Resolution supporting the designation of April 2019 as "Parkinson's Awareness Month"
Parkinson's Awareness Month gives advocates across the United States the opportunity to take action to raise awareness in their communities. Many advocates reached out to their city and state elected officials to educate them about Parkinson's disease and encouraged local lawmakers to issue proclamations declaring April 2019 as Parkinson's Awareness Month:
Cities and Counties
Brevard City Council
Burlington County, NJ
Interested in helping your elected officials learn more about the PD community? Visit advocate.michaeljfox.org to find out how you can contact Congress about the issues important to our community.
This blog was written by Carol Blymire, a communications consultant and adjunct professor at Georgetown University.