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Local initiative to support people with Parkinson’s and ‘Give Where You Live’

Lanark Leeds and Grenville- June 1, 2023: As the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) continues to meet the predictions that it will double by 2040, a new group, the Parkinson’s Community Network, (PCN) is partnering with the Perth and District Community Foundation (PDCF) to give individuals and businesses in Lanark Leeds and Grenville an opportunity to provide direct support to local programs and services.

The impetus for this initiative was an anonymous donation given to support the local Parkinson’s community. Being associated with the PDCF makes it possible for donors to be able to receive tax receipts. This year, the PCN has decided to allocate funds to respite services to subsidize much-needed relief for care partners who often struggle to take care of their loved one.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disease with no cure. Many people associate it with “old age”. Michael J. Fox, diagnosed at 29 years of age, has raised millions of dollars for research into Parkinson’s and is an example of how untrue this is. The average age of diagnosis  of PD is 60, with many people experiencing non motor symptoms up to 20 years before. The complexity of the disease is now being recognized and bio-markers such as REM Sleep Disorder, mental health issues, constipation and loss of smell are better understood.

“Already, local businesses and service clubs are stepping up to help. Orchardview By the Mississippi, Jean Sharpe RE/MAX Realty, Wills Transfer Inc, Campbell’s Trucking, the Civitan Club of Perth, Bangs Fuels, Home Health Smiths Falls, Publow Advisory Group, Andress Your Independent Grocer, Tom Sullivan Plumbing, Portland Pharmasave, Ogilvie’s Auto & Fleet and Smiths Shoes have already responded to our campaign.” says Pat Evans, who has Parkinson’s and is a member of the PCN. “They recognize the need and want to be part of the solution.” Beverley Bennett, another member of the PCN, whose husband Bob Arnold has Parkinson’s, feels strongly that we need to encourage people to support local needs. “People in Lanark Leeds and Grenville continue to demonstrate that they care about their neighbours and friends. I am confident they will do so again.”

There are 2 ways you can make a donation to the PCN. Cheques are payable to the Perth and District Community Foundation with a note that the funds be directed to the PCN. You can also make a credit card donation through the PDCF website at www.pdcf.ca. Scroll down to the green DONATE button. That will take you to the Canada Helps website and the Perth and District Community Foundation. Where you see Apply your donation to a fund set up by this charity*, there is a dropdown menu. Scroll down again until you see Parkinson’s Community Network. A tax receipt will be mailed to you when you make a donation with either method.

This year, the SuperWalk is being organized by Parkinson Canada staff and will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at Conlon Farm in Perth. All funds raised through the walk will continue to be administered by Parkinson Canada at the national level.

For further information:

Pat Evans                                evans.patn@gmail.com

Beverley Bennett                    beverleybennett@sympatico.ca

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