Posted by Nancy Mazonson

Parkinson's Unity WalkApril has been designated as Parkinson’s Awareness Month by the US Senate. For the past 17 years, Parkinson’s activists have been coming together in New York City’s Central Park for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk. This year, I will be joining them to add my voice and footsteps to support those who live with this challenging disease.

The goal of Parkinson’s Awareness Month is to shine a spotlight on the national impact of Parkinson’s disease (PD), the most common neurodegenerative disease in the United States after Alzheimer’s. For people who live with this disease day to day or have a family member with the disease, there is a hope that greater awareness will result in two important things: newer and better treatments that will cure, slow, or stop its progression and greater awareness that the person in front of you in the grocery checkout line who is fumbling with his/her coins or moving a bit slowly might just need a little extra time because of PD.

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