Medications such as Carbidopa are the mainstay in the treatment of motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and most people living with Parkinson’s know the importance of optimal medical management. In addition to medication, therapy, adaptive and assistive devices, and exercise programs are also a part of the care plan for PWP. Most individuals with Parkinson’s living in the United States are fortunate to have access to a variety of services including many free educational and exercise programs provided by local and national PD organizations.
But what if you got up this morning, and there was no medication to take? How long before your symptoms would limit your activity, cause falls, or hasten the progression of the disease?
For many people with Parkinson’s, living in impoverished areas of the world, the absence of medication and poor access to neurologists and other specialists is a sad reality. But you can help!
Please join me in supporting the mission of the World Parkinson’s Program (WPP), the only charity that provides free medications to people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) living in poverty around the world.
WPP is currently helping patients in Canada, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Uganda and Zambia, but due to COVID-19, funding has been significantly impacted. Many of the refills are coming due in April – June, and they need our support.
On Thursday, April 22, 2021, World Parkinson Program is hosting a virtual Fundraising Gala & Trivia Night with many chances to win prizes, such as $100 Amazon Gift Cards. Guest speakers include Omotola Thomas & John Baumann. All proceeds will go towards helping raise funds to continue the mission of PWP.
(Omotola Thomas, a self-proclaimed “reckless optimist”, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 2016, at 35. Although born and raised in Nigeria, she has also lived in America, South Africa, and most recently, England, where she currently resides with her husband and two children. While in America, she obtained both her bachelor’s degree (in Systems Engineering) and her master’s degree (in Project Management) from the George Washington University. She is a blogger and the founder of ParkinStand – a movement established to inspire people to engage in empowering physical and mental activities.
Before Parkinson’s, John Baumann, a Cornell-educated attorney, passed three bar exams, practiced law for 22 years and taught at the University of Louisville. Since his diagnosis, John has written a book entitled, “Decide Success – You ain’t dead yet,” has been on numerous radio shows, has been the subject of dozens of articles, and appeared on live TV, including CNN Headline News. John is now exclusively a motivational speaker helping others living with PD through his optimism and determination).
The event ticket is completely free, but your donation, no matter how small or large the amount, will help support WPP. Thank you in advance for your help and support!
Register for free: https://pdprogram.kindful.com/e/virtual-gala-2021
Join Me April 1, 2021 (I’m not fooling you) for Therapy Break™ Sponsored by the Parkinson and Movement Disorders Alliance (PMD Alliance)
Voice Aerobics® is a 3-part exercise class that combines voice exercise with upper body stretching and movement. A FUN way to begin Parkinson Awareness month. 11-12am Pacific time (2-3 ET).
Learn more and Register:https://www.pmdalliance.org/events/
My Mission: To enlist individuals in their treatment, and help them express their personality & spirit through voice. To educate and empower. Mary Spremulli, MA, CCC-SLP * FiTOUR® Group Exercise Instructor * Voice Aerobics® A Whole Body Approach to Voice Practice