As I said in the introduction, just after Christmas I discovered that someone very close to me had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. This is a progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement, chiefly affecting middle-aged and elderly people. It is associated with degeneration of the basal ganglia of the brain and a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Although there’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, treatments are available to help reduce the main symptoms and maintain quality of life. Parkinson’s UK (registered charity in England and Wales 258197 and in Scotland SC037554) is the main Parkinson’s support and research charity in the UK. They can help if you’re living with the disease and let you know about support groups in your local area.
These are plenty of ways to get involved with raising money for Parkinson’s UK – just follow the link to Events to find your nearest walking/running/cycling event.
I am proud to be supporting Parkinson