Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Cheer the Arts and Boo Parkinson's with one breath

Coping with Parkinson's means making the most of dwindling resources. So when an opportunity arises to do two things at once, I pounce. Slowly. I know multi-tasking isn't my strong suit (honestly, is it anyone's?) But here was a chance to make my philanthropic dollar do double duty by working for the arts and against PD.

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How did you do that, I hear you asking. Simple. I backed a project on Kickstarter called Kinetics. As explained by the author, "Kinetics" is a play by British actor and playwright Sue Wylie. It's about the woman with Parkinson's Disease and a bright but troubled teenager who blows off steam by Free-running, or Parkour. The aim of the play was to "raise awareness, challenge misconceptions about  Parkinson's and help people with the condition cope." The play has toured in England, and now they want to take it to the World in the form of a film. You can see a pitch from Ms. Wylie here.

So what are you waiting for? Now is your chance to be a medical Medici, a mini-mogul!  They are almost a fifth of the way to their fund-raising goal, and I think it's clear they are going to make it, but you can help ensure they do by sending them some money, then taking some of the credit for getting this worthy project launched.

BTW, I have to point out, I was among the first to associate PD and Parkour, in this cartoon from 9 years ago!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Important update! Bonus Support Group Meeting This Thursday: The Carbidopa/Levodopa Gel Pump

Don't forget, there is a BONUS meeting of the support group this Thursday at 3:30. The meeting scheduled for this Thursday, a presentation on the Duopa carbidopa/levodopa gel and pump delivery system is now to be held in the Marriott Hotel in downtown Anchorage, 820 W. 7th Ave. on the second floor in the Skagway Valdez room. To find the meeting, take the elevator to the second floor make a right, then another right and the door to the room should be in front of you. The time remains the same, 3:30 Thursday the 11th of May. Speakers include a patient who uses the gel and pump, a nurse who  works with such patients and a doctor who oversees the administration of the therapy. The program is to last an hour, and there will be time for questions. This meeting is sponsored by Abbvie, the makers of the therapy.