During the month of April, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s (PDF) You Can Help Us #EndParkinsons campaign, empowers patients and their families, researchers, health professionals and others to raise awareness and encourage their communities to help end the disease. PDF provides an online toolkit with social media messages, and a sample op-ed and letter to the editor to tailor to your organization or personal experience with Parkinson’s. The Foundation also distributes free educational and print materials, awareness posters, and tree ribbons to help advocates join in the movement.
Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated nearly $110 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and nearly $47 million to support national education and advocacy initiatives. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. More than 50,000 Americans each year are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, an estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide live with Parkinson's, and there is currently no cure. To help raise awareness, use the hashtag #EndParkinsons on Facebook and Twitter, and join PDF’s Thunderclap campaign by April 15. To find community events in your area, click here.