April is Parkinson's Awareness Month

Every six minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease – nearly 90,000 new cases each year – and a projected 1.2 million people will be living with the condition by 2030.

The purpose of World Parkinson’s Day and Parkinson’s Awareness Month is to make sure more people know about Parkinson’s and support care for current patients as well as research that will one day lead to a cure. Every day we’re inspired by the resiliency of patients of all ages living with Parkinson’s.

Why April?
James Parkinson was the London physician who first described “the Shaking Palsy” in 1817. In 1997, The World Health Organization declared his birthday, April 11, to be World Parkinson’s Day and the entire month is Awareness Month.

Why Tulips?
In 1980 a Dutch horticulturalist with Parkinson’s disease developed a red and white tulip to honor Dr. Parkinson. At the 9th World Parkinson’s Disease Day Conference in 2005, his tulip was launched as the official symbol of the condition.

Why the Spark?

The spark is the international symbol for Parkinson's awareness. It is inspired by the electrochemical neurotransmitter, dopamine, which is key to motor function, mood and decision making. It is critical for people with Parkinson’s to retain it – and devastating when depleted.

We are reclaiming the spark as our source of energy and inspiration. We’re asking all those impacted by this disease to share their spark and join us in standing up so we can end this disease.

Get involved!

David Solganik, a member of the MMC Movers & Shakers, is co-leading a MoveIt! walk team this year! Just click on his name to join or support his team.