During Parkinson's Awareness Month and every month, Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania and its supporters work to raise awareness of PD and provide services, support and education to those living with Parkinson’s disease and their families. In April, we had some exciting events to ramp up our efforts to spread the word about PD and its impact on our community and individuals.
On April 12th, volunteers at T-stations across the city gave out tulips (the national symbol for PD) and PD awareness cards to the public. Our goal was to create a buzz around the city, to bring attention to the Foundation as a community resource and to raise funds for PFWPA programming. We heard that day about many people's personal connections to PD!
On April 26th from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., we held our Lunch & Learn: Social Capital & Parkinson Disease with national leader and consultant on human services and community issues, Dr. Al Condeluci. He presented on the importance of social capital, community, and relationships in the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease. For the past 40 years, researchers have been exploring the power and potency of social capital. This interactive session looked closely at research on social capital and identifies ways and means to building more viable relationships in our lives.
We also held our first ever Perseverance. Grace. Purpose. Awards night on April 26th from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. at the Roberto Clemente Museum in the Strip District. The event recognized three remarkable individuals in the Parkinson’s community in Western PA. You can learn more about the awardees on page seven of our April newsletter.
If you have any questions about Parkinson’s Awareness Month, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 412.837.2542.