United States Senate Declares April "Parkinson's Awareness Month"
With a resolution introduced by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Mark Udall (D-CO), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), the Senate declared:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved, that the Senate—
(1) supports the designation of April as Parkinson's Awareness Month;
(2) supports the goals and ideals of Parkinson's Awareness Month;
(3) continues to support research to find better treatments, and eventually, a cure for Parkinson's disease;
(4) recognizes the people living with Parkinson's who participate in vital clinical trials to advance knowledge of the disease; and
(5) commends the dedication of local and regional organizations, volunteers, and millions of Americans across the country working to improve the quality of life of persons living with Parkinson's disease and their families.
Click here to read the full Senate Resolution.
Senator Debbie Stabenow said, "As a co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease, I am working to support those seeking better treatments for this devastating neurological disease. That is why I am proud to introduce legislation recognizing April as Parkinson's Awareness Month. We know so little about neurological diseases such as Parkinson's but we all know someone who has been impacted by them. With this resolution, we honor those who live with Parkinson's and encourage those conducting the medical research that could hold the key to new breakthrough treatments."
Congressman Peter King (R-NY) said in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 27:
"I rise today in recognition of April as Parkinson's Awareness Month. It is essential to take this time to promote awareness, share information on the disease, and continue to work towards a cure." King's complete statement can be found here.
Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) said in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, March 29:
"As a co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease, I am proud to join my colleagues in recognizing April as Parkinson's Awareness Month. It is estimated that there are between 500,000 and 1.5 million Americans living with Parkinson's disease, a chronic, progressive neurological disease, for which there is no therapy or drug to slow or halt its progression, let alone a cure." Van Hollen's complete statement can be found here.
The Parkinson's Action Network thanks the United States Senate for this distinction, and encourages advocates and others to use the month of April to raise awareness about Parkinson's disease, and the need for strong federal research funding and policy support for the estimated 500,000 to 1.5 million Americans living with the disease.
PAN's Parkinson's Awareness Month Toolkit can be found here.