Parkinson’s Quilt Debuts at WPC!

It was a year in the making…but last night marked the debut of the Parkinson’s Quilt!

The quilt, a project of PDF, includes 2×2 foot panels from more than 600 people from around the world. After the WPC Opening Ceremonies yesterday, the Royal Burgh of Renfrew Pipe Band led thousands of attendees into the exhibit hall…

…and for the first time the world saw the Parkinson’s Quilt.

We have all been touched by the personal stories told by the quilt panels. As PDF’s Executive Director noted,

“Each quilt panel has a story to tell, whether it was created by a person with Parkinson’s about his or her experience, or by a care partner, family member or friend, in honor of a loved one living with the disease. These individuals illustrate the truly global nature of the quilt, and of Parkinson’s disease. When the quilt is displayed for the first time this week at the World Parkinson Congress, it will radiate the contributions of these individuals and others like them who have been touched by Parkinson’s. It will also remind the world that we need increased awareness and funds to find a cure.”

Some other quilt highlights:
  • Quilters have been stopping by the PDF informational booth to say hello and we’re getting to meet the people behind these beautiful panels.
  • The exhibit includes a “Living Quilt” where people can create panels on site. So if you’re in Glasgow, don’t miss it!
  • Each day there are several “Meet the Quilter” sessions. Today, our very own WPC reporter/CRLI grad/video competition Pam Quinn chatted about her quilt panels.
  • Exciting announcement: In 2011, the Parkinson’s Quilt will be available for rental to the general public. See PDF’s website for more info.
  • See the official Parkinson’s Quilt press release here, which links to several profiles of our quilters.

Quilt Photos

Why a quilt for Parkinson’s? This sign tells visitors how the quilt aims to raise awareness of the impact of PD on people living with it and their loved ones…and on our urgency for a cure.

The Living Quilt is being assembled on site.

The Living Quilt.

WPC attendees admire the quilt.

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