2014 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, colleagues, and people in your community to help them learn more about Parkinson’s disease.
Below are some tools you can use to help you educate your local community or elected officials about Parkinson’s disease and support PAN’s mission to find a cure.
Donate to PAN
Please consider donating to PAN this spring to help us achieve our mission of finding better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease. During this spring season, PAN is asking people to donate through the Tulip Tribute Garden, an awareness and fundraising campaign where one can celebrate, honor, or remember a loved one touched by Parkinson’s.
Please donate today. For gifts of $25, you will be invited to plant a virtual tulip and leave a message on the Tribute Wall. At the $60 level, you or someone you designate will be sent a lovely tulip-inspired chocolate truffle confection. For donations of $250 or more, a beautiful bouquet of tulips will be sent to you or a loved one. These make wonderful gifts for Mother’s or Father’s Day, anniversaries, birthdays, or graduations. Tell others that you’re supporting PAN on social media by using #tulips4pd!
Make a donation now.
Become a Gardener
Use this time of the year to raise awareness and funds for PAN by becoming a gardener in PAN’s Tulip Tribute Garden. As a gardener, you agree to set up a donation page and ask your friends, family, or colleagues to help support you or your loved one by donating to PAN.
PAN has made it very easy to become a gardener by offering a toolkit with tips and advice to get you started. To learn more about becoming a gardener today, click here.
For additional questions about becoming a gardener, contact Christopher Vance, director of development, at 202-638-4101 x108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Don’t forget to tell your social networks about your work as a gardener too. Use #tulips4pd to spread the word!
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.
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]
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.
- Use #tulips4pd to help raise awareness and funds through the Tulip Tribute Garden. (See above for more details).
- Encourage your friends and followers to learn more about Parkinson’s and the work PAN and other organizations do.
- Change your Facebook profile photo or Twitter photo to the Parkinson’s 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!
Senate Resolution and House Recognition
PAN was happy that both the Senate and the House of Representatives recognized April as Parkinson's Awareness Month. The Senate passed a resolution, led by the co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, recognizing April as Parkinson's Awareness Month. The House co-chairs of the caucus sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to other representatives asking them to join the caucus in honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
Read the Senate Resolution
Read the "Dear Colleague" Letter
2014 State and Local Proclamations