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, 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.
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.
- 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!
2014 State and Local Proclamations