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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… read more Read More

WPC Opening Ceremonies III

Rhona Johnson, one of PDF’s WPC reporters and member of our People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council, would like to follow-up on previous posts discussing last night’s WPC Opening Ceremonies. Rhona and others communicated that they were particularly moved at the ceremonies by the words of Bryn Williams, founder of WobblyWilliams.com. Here’s Rhona’s report: “At the Opening Ceremonies last night, Bryn Williams, Founder of WobbyWilliams.com spoke eloquently of how PD impacts people living with the disease, their families, friends and carers. He issued an urgent challenge to them all the work for a cure, saying, ‘Neurologists cannot do it alone. We… read more Read More

WPC Opening Ceremonies Part II

Last night’s opening ceremonies of the 2nd World Parkinson Congress included not only inspirational words, but also action…in the form of the newly-announced Global Parkinson’s Pledge. With just one click, you can make your voice heard and help to make Parkinson’s a priority around the world. The final two lines of the Global Parkinson’s Pledge speak to its purpose: “Furthermore, we celebrate the momentum created by the second World Parkinson Congress and commit ourselves to working together to build a global Parkinson’s movement, designed to elevate Parkinson’s disease as a priority health, social and economic issue around the world.“The Parkinson’s… read more Read More

WPC Opening Ceremonies, Part I

The opening ceremonies of the 2nd World Parkinson Congress (WPC) included some inspiring and informative moments. Here are some quick highlights: Andrew Lees, M.D., Master of Ceremonies, opened the program and introduced the evening’s speakers, including Glasgow’s Lord Provost who welcomed everyone to the city. BBC News Presenter Jane Hill presented awards to Tony Cox and Pam Quinn, the winners of the WPC video competition. Special congratulations to Pam, a graduate of PDF’s Clinical Research Learning Institute. (Watch her video!) Grace Griffith wowed everyone with two songs, accompanied by a guitarist. (See Grace’s work on PDF’s Creativity and PD site)…. read more Read More