Sunday, December 7, 2014

Further Thoughts on Parkinson's Awareness

     As I am beginning to prepare for next year's "Run-the-Caribbean" project, a couple events have made me think more about efforts to promote Parkinson's awareness. 

     When I first decided to go forward with "Run-the-World", I imagined a small fund-raising campaign, similar to other projects that have garnered money for disease research. However, I quickly remembered that my talents are not in the world of sales and I began to gravitate toward a goal of promoting disease awareness. This led me to consider a threefold purpose for Parkinson's Disease awareness campaigns...

1. To avoid PwP feeling the need to hide the diagnosis
2. To keep others from feeling pity for those with Parkinson's
3. To make the general public "comfortable" with Parkinson's

...and a three-step approach to individual participation in the Parkinson's awareness process:

1. Inform yourself
2. Inform your family and friends
3. Inform the general public


     During "Run-the-World", I was extremely fortunate to have exposure that far exceeded my expectations. In fact, I am now discovering that the media attention was far greater than I realized during my travels.  I just recently found many of the articles and video segments that where made along the way. I've done my best to catalogue these by establishing a tab on my homepage titled, "Media Coverage".
                                                             Click her for "Media Coverage" page