(NC)—Imagine waking up every morning and knowing you will experience tremors, slowness, stiffness, impaired balance, difficulty walking, trouble writing, fatigue and weakness. That’s what faces nearly 100,000 Canadians living with Parkinson’s every day. Movement in the body is normally controlled by a chemical, dopamine, which carries signals along the nerves in the brain. When cells that normally produce dopamine die, the symptoms of Parkinson’s appear. Medication can lessen these symptoms but currently there is no cure for this progressive, neurodegenerative disease.

Parkinson Society Canada and its regional partners across the country are committed to easing the burden and finding a cure by:

  • funding the only national organization supporting some of the world’s best Parkinson’s research and researchers – working right here in Canada
  • providing programs for people living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers which offer support, reassurance and practical ways to cope
  • sponsoring outreach programs to make Parkinson’s information and counselling available through community agencies and centres
  • giving the Parkinson community a strong and unified voice to advocate for change from coast to coast
  • making resources available to help people with Parkinson’s manage their disease and develop long-term plans to cope with its progressive nature
  • staffing a National Information & Referral Centre (1-800-565-3000) which responds to inquiries about Parkinson’s – from people living with Parkinson’s, caregivers, family members, health care professionals, students or simply from those needing an understanding, sympathetic ear
  • helping increase the reach of the national magazine, Parkinson Post, containing valuable information on lifestyle issues, where and how to get help, research updates and innovations

Give the Parkinson gift of hope today – buy tulips in April, participate in SuperWalk every September, and support fundraising activities year-round in your community. To reach Parkinson Society Canada call 1-800-565-3000 or visit Parkinson Society Canada.