Creativity for a Cure: Q&A with Artist Catherine Shapiro

By Any Other NameCatherine Shapiro of Coral Springs, FL, is getting creative in her efforts to find a cure for Parkinson’s.

The artist, who is involved with our Creativity and Parkinson’s Project, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012. Recently, she was inspired to use her passion for creative fashion to support our work through a grassroots fundraiser, “Be Chic for Parkinson’s.” The event is taking place on Saturday in Coconut Creek, FL. Find out how her creativity inspires her to make a difference.

Q. How does being creative impact life with Parkinson’s?

After I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, painting kept me going. It helps to cope with the stress of many events in everyday life. Parkinson’s is a quiet, vicious thief that steals ordinary things like balance, speech and sleep. But it can’t take away my ability to create. People don’t always understand or see what’s happening inside. Creativity helps me describe it. In fact, the simple act of creativity keeps Parkinson’s at bay! I’m fascinated by that — how creativity connects us and keeps us human.

Q. Your painting “By Any Other Name,” was selected to be featured in May in our 2017 Creativity and PD Calendar. What does this mean to you?

It has been amazing, humbling and wonderful. I am delighted to be included with such a fabulous group of artists! It’s the first time my art has been published and I’m glad to be part of such a worthy effort.

Q. You have said creativity also inspired this weekend’s “Be Chic for Parkinson’s” which is raising funds for PD. Tell us more.

This fundraiser is the perfect merger of my passions— creativity, fashion, shopping and Parkinson’s awareness. Parkinson’s does not define those of us who have it. Our true beauty comes from within and everybody deserves to look and feel good! That’s why I was especially excited to set up a charity shopping event that benefits the Parkinson’s Foundation.

All guests have to do is shop till they drop from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 4 and the store will donate up to 30 percent of the sales generated during our event. If you can’t attend that day, you can also donate via my Champions page.

Q. What do you hope to accomplish through this creative event?

My greatest wish is for people to learn from one another and help cure Parkinson’s.
I’m hoping to give people a fun day that inspires creativity, raises awareness and helps to support the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Ms. Shapiro is one of nearly 400 other artists living with Parkinson’s who have shared their artwork and experiences with our Creativity and Parkinson’s Project. View more of her artwork by visiting the Creativity and Parkinson’s gallery here.

Do you also find creative activities beneficial to life with PD? Share your thoughts below.

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