Senate Declares April Parkinson's Awareness Month

The Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) would like to thank the U.S. Senate for declaring April Parkinson's Awareness Month. By doing so, our elected officials have helped us bring more awareness to a disease that affects between 500,000 and 1.5 million people and helps PAN and our grassroots leaders work toward advocating for better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's disease.

Introduced by the Senate co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease – Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Mark Udall (D-CO) -- the resolution recognizes April as Parkinson's Awareness Month and commends the Parkinson's community for its dedication in working to improve the quality of life of persons living with Parkinson's disease and their families.

Sen. Stabenow led the resolution's introduction and said, "Parkinson's disease affects millions of Americans and their families, and we must continue to support medical research that can lead to breakthrough treatments. With this month, we honor those who live with this terrible disease and their families as we work tirelessly to find a cure for Parkinson's."

The other co-chairs also commented.

"I am honored to join my colleagues in recognition of April as Parkinson's Awareness Month," said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA). "It is important to educate the American public so that we can raise awareness about this terrible disease and recognize that we should do all that we can to support individuals with Parkinson's through continued research and improvements in the quality of care."

"I know the pain and suffering Parkinson's disease has caused countless patients and their families. By declaring April Parkinson's Awareness Month, we are raising awareness – an important step in finding a cure and giving these families hope," said Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE).

"Having lost my father to Parkinson's, I understand first-hand the debilitating effects that this disease has on both the individual and their family," said Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO). "I have long supported efforts to bring awareness about Parkinson's disease and will continue to fight until we find a cure for Parkinson's and other neuro-muscular diseases."

PAN would also like to thank our advocates, who have also been working in their communities to get local proclamations and resolutions passed. PAN applauds all local, state, and now federal entities that have recognized April as Parkinson's Awareness Month. Without this awareness, we might not be able to move policies forward that help us achieve our mission of finding better treatments and a cure.

Date originally posted: April 2, 2014.