Judge Joel Baker and the Smith County Commissioners Court has declared the month of April Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month in Smith County, Texas. This declaration joins more than 1.5 million Americans with Parkinson's disease in raising awareness about Parkinson's disease.
In addition to the proclamation, the APDA Information and Referral Center of East Texas and East Texas Medical Center Neurological Institute Movement Disorders Center will host the 1st Annual APDA Walk-A-Thon and Fun Run on Saturday, April 12, 2008, with opening ceremonies and presentation of the Resolution starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Rose Rudman Trail in Tyler, Texas. For more information, call Kelly Pierson, Parkinson's Coordinator, at (903) 596-3648 or (866) 491-2732. The walk will begin near the playground part of Rose Rudman off of Shiloh road and Donnybrook.
April 11th marks the birthday of Dr. James Parkinson, who first recognized the disease now named for him. The Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month commemoration encourages the continued search for the cause and a cure for Parkinson's disease.
"Parkinson's disease affects more than 1.5 million Americans and at least as many caregivers. We, at APDA, continue to meet the challenge "To Ease The Burden and To Find The Cure" through research, patient support and education," said Kelly Pierson, APDA Parkinson's Coordinator for the Information and Referral Center of East Texas.