Give thanks to “the village people”
Helping people with Parkinson’s disease live well longer takes a village working tirelessly towards a single goal. This Thanksgiving, on behalf of the millions whose lives have been touched by PD, I thank “the village people” from the bottom of my heart. They include:
- Movement Disorders Specialists (general neurologists with advanced training in PD) who apply cutting-edge knowledge of PD therapies and research opportunities to best manage each patient’s unique combination of symptoms.
- Physical, speech, and occupational therapists that help patients compensate for the changes brought on by PD.
- Medical researchers who seek safer, more effective treatments to slow, halt, or reverse disease progression, and to ease symptoms and improve quality of life for those who live with PD today.
- Clinical trial participants who voluntarily do their part to help bring new treatments to market, knowing that they have a very small chance of personally benefitting from their study’s findings, but that future patients may be more
- Patient advocates who share their insights into and experiences with PD to help others on their own journey with this disease.
- Staff members of the major national PD organizations who focus on funding research, providing patient services and education, and raising public awareness of this disease,
Let the “village people” know that you appreciate all they do to benefit the PD community. Make a year-end donation “in honor of” all who work tirelessly to improve the lives of those touched by PD.
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward