2013 Parkinson's Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month!

It’s important to take a little extra time this month to reach out to friends, family members, co-workers, and people in your community to help them better understand what it’s like to live with Parkinson’s disease.  

Below are some tools you can use to help educate your local community about Parkinson’s disease, and encourage local governments to issue their own proclamations supporting our mission to find a cure.

State and Local Government Proclamations
We encourage all Parkinson's advocates across the country to work with their state and local governments to proclaim April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month.  Below is a letter you can customize and send to your Governor or Mayor asking them to declare April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month.  We’ve also included a sample proclamation you can include with your letter to provide the basic facts about Parkinson’s disease and why Parkinson’s Awareness Month is important to you.
[Template Letter
[Sample Proclamation

Please contact us to let us know of your successes; we will keep an updated list of state and local proclamations below.

Letter to the Editor
Take a moment to write to the editor of your local newspaper to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease, and also encourage your U.S. Senators and Representatives to support funding for Parkinson’s research.
[Sample Letter to the Editor

Social Media
Using social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and your personal blog is a great way to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease year-round, not just in April:

  • Tweet or post to your Facebook page relevant news stories about Parkinson’s research and community resources.
  • Encourage your friends and followers to learn more about PD and the work PAN and other organizations do.
  • Change your Facebook profile photo or Twitter photo to the PD tulip for the month of April.
  • Upload a video of you telling your personal story of living with or caring for someone with Parkinson's disease.
  • Let us know how YOU are using social media to promote Parkinson’s Awareness Month – we’d like to hear your ideas!

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Financial Support of PAN
Don't forget!  You can also donate $25 or more and plant a virtual tulip in PAN's Parkinson's Awareness Month Tulip Garden.

U.S. Senate Declares April 2013 Parkinson's Awareness Month!

2013 State and local Proclamations:

State of Alabama
City of Asheville, NC
City of Beaufort, SC
City of Boise, ID
Town of Boonton, NJ
Burlington County, NJ
City of Cartersville, GA
Collier County, FL
City of Dalton, GA
City of East Peoria, IL
City of El Dorado, AR
County of Fairfax, VA
Florida House of Representatives
Floyd County, GA
State of Georgia
City of Grapevine, TX
City of Henderson, NV
Town of Hilton Head Island, SC
City of Huntsville, AL
State of Idaho
State of Illinois
City of Jackson, MN
City of Las Cruces, NM
City of Los Altos, CA
Town of Los Altos Hills, CA
Certificate of Recognition from the
     City of Los Angeles, CA
Official Citation from the
     Maryland General Assembly
City of Meridian, ID
City of Miami Beach, FL
State of Michigan
City of Midland, TX
City of Nacogdoches, TX
City of Nampa, ID
City of Naples, FL
State of Nevada
State of New Hampshire
State of New Jersey
City of Oxnard, CA
City of Palmdale, CA
City of Pekin, IL
Pennsylvania Senate
City of Peoria, IL
Town of Port Royal, SC
City of Rome, GA
City of San Buenaventura, CA
City of San Marino, CA
City of Santa Monica, CA
City of Simi Valley, CA
State of South Carolina
State of Texas
City of Thousand Oaks, CA
City of Traverse City, MI
City of Virginia Beach, VA
     (PD Awareness Day, April 13)
City of Walnut Creek, CA
City of Washington, IL
State of Washington