2019 Parkinson's Awareness Campaign:  Stop a Thief

 

What would you do if someone was stealing valuable items from your loved one, little by little, piece by piece, over the years? 

 

Would you sit back and do nothing?  OR would you step up and do something about it?

 

Parkinson disease is a cunning thief, slowly stealing a person’s ability to walk, talk, swallow and even smile – little by little, piece after piece.

 

There are currently over 10,000 Albertans living with a Parkinson disease diagnosis; tens of thousands more in those who love and care for them.  Numbers that are set to double within the next twenty years.

 

These Albertans are our mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, daughters and sons, husbands and wives, grandparents, co-workers, neighbors and the people we pass by every day as we go about our lives.  Everyday Albertans who are, piece by piece, losing their ability to move and live life to the fullest.  Who are losing, bit by bit, their confidence and independence.  Everyday Albertans who are losing themselves and the people they love to the thief that is Parkinson disease.  There is no cause and no cure...but there is HOPE.  Together we can help "Stop A Thief."

 

What can YOU do to help Stop A Thief?

If you are person living with or affected by Parkinson disease Parkinson Association of Alberta is pleased to offer no cost support (supportive counseling, support groups), information, resources and educational opportunities. We also offer no- and low cost programming that include physical (boxing, yoga, exercise), vocal (speech practice, singing), cognitive (art, TMC) and social (activities, outings) options.  And, through our Champions of Hope, we are excited to showcase opportunities to participate in research trials right here in Alberta!

  

 

On a broader scale, for those with or without Parkinson's, there are many ways to help Stop a Thief, click any of the buttons above or below to find out more!

 

    Make a donation. Help fund our vital support services and make an impact immediately for those living with Parkinson disease right now; or, help shape the future of Parkinson's by supporting research!

     

       

      Get educated.  Education is key to understanding and supporting those with Parkinson disease.  We welcome invitations to speak to your staff, students, members and the general public to educate them about Parkinson disease and the work we do. 

         

        Attend or host a fundraising event.  With no permanent/consistent funding from outside sources (including government), we rely on the generosity of donors, grants, memberships, and of course fundraising initiatives to provide necessary funds.  We, along with others in the community, host a wide array of fun and exciting events that have a positive impact on the Parkinson's community.

           

          Volunteer.  Every year hundreds of volunteers lend us their greatest gifts of time, talent and resources to help us ensure that no Albertan has to face Parkinson disease alone.


           

          Get Social.  Social media is a fantastic tool that enables millions of people to connect and share on a global platform.  Using hashtags, liking, sharing, retweeting, and reposting are excellent ways to not only help spread awareness but showcase actions such volunteering, participating in programs and/or raising funds! 

           

           

          From lighting up bridges and buildings, to hosting information sessions and town halls, to movie matinees, flash mobs and our own Tap'd Out events -- we've got a lot of fun and exciting things going on throughout the month of April!  We're also making appearances on tv, talking on the radio and being profiled in newspapers and on podcasts.  To find out what is going on in your Region and/or when we'll be in the media please click the buttons below.

            

           

           

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