April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month
Parkinson’s disease (PD) occurs when brain cells that make dopamine, a chemical that coordinates movement, stop working or die. It is a progressive, degenerative neurological condition that affects a person’s control of their body movements. It is important to note that not everyone will experience the same symptoms, and the order in which symptoms appear and the way symptoms progress also varies from person to person. Non-motor symptoms such as sleep disturbance, constipation and loss of sense of smell can pre-date the motor symptoms, such as a tremor, slowness of movement or rigidity, by up to a decade.
Did you know…
- 200,000 Australians currently live with Parkinson’s disease
- The prevalence of Parkinson’s has doubled in the last 25 years
- 38 Australians will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s today
This Parkinson’s Awareness Month, we’ve kicked off our Pause 4 Parkinson’s campaign, and we need your help.
During the month of April, you can pledge a donation, or participate in fundraising or clinical trials, to be part of funding research towards a cure.
It’s easy to get involved.
If you need help with fundraising, or have questions about Pause 4 Parkinson’s,
please get in touch with our Community Fundraising and Events Manager, Isobel.
You can find more information about Parkinson’s here: