200 years closer to unlocking Parkinson's disease


TORONTO, ON, March 29, 2017 –It's been 200 years since English physician James Parkinson first described the brain disease named after him in An Essay on the Shaking Palsy. Since 1817, major advances have been made in Parkinson's research, including the development of various drug and other therapies to treat disease symptoms. And yet we still do not know precisely what causes Parkinson's disease, and there is no cure.

For the 200th anniversary of World Parkinson's Day on April 11, Parkinson Canada will join the international Parkinson community to #UniteForParkinsons. This global campaign aims to increase awareness of Parkinson's disease, show support for those living with the disease and to inspire new research and treatment initiatives.

"Parkinson families and friends cannot wait another 200 years for a cure," says Joyce Gordon, CEO of Parkinson Canada. "Research into this complex and life-altering disease is exploding and we must keep up the momentum for a cure. I encourage everyone to use the hashtag #UniteForParkinsons starting this April 11 to show your support for those affected by Parkinson's and for those searching for the cure."

Right now in Canada some 100,000 individuals with Parkinson's struggle with the stigma and daily challenges of living with Parkinson's disease and with 25 more people diagnosed every day in Canada, chances are you or someone you know or love will be affected. Throughout the year individuals can find information, support and resources at www.parkinson.ca or by calling the Parkinson Canada Information and Referral Service at 1-800- 565-3000.

During April, Parkinson Awareness Month, Parkinson Canada hosts additional fundraising and awareness events, reaching out to Canadians living with Parkinson's and the general public in communities across Canada. For details about what's happening in your community, visit the interactive map at www.Parkinson.ca for local event listings.

About Parkinson Canada
Parkinson Canada is the national voice of Canadians living with Parkinson's disease. From diagnosis to discovery, the organization provides education, advocacy and support services to people living with Parkinson's, caregivers and health care professionals. The Parkinson Canada Research Program funds innovative research to search for better treatments and a cure. Parkinson Canada is an Imagine Canada accredited organization. Visit www.parkinson.ca

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Contact:
Kelly Mills
Communication Associate
Parkinson Canada
Kelly.mills@parkinson.ca
416-227-3396, or 1-800-565-3000, ext. 3396