On the occasion of World Parkinson’s Day, Sunday 11th April, the Demoucelle Parkinson Charity and Stop Parkinson would like to encourage persons with Parkinson’s Disease to take more exercise. This follows a recent meta-analysis of 8,000 patients worldwide (Radder et al, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 2020) which revealed that exercise has a positive effect on symptoms.
The Demoucelle Parkinson Charity and Stop Parkinson are therefore joining forces to organise a major event ‘Let’s Move for Parkinson’ to raise funds for vital research into Parkinson’s Disease.
We sincerely hope that you will tell your patients about this event and motivate them and their families to participate. Of course, it would be great if you participate yourself as well!
‘Let’s Move for Parkinson’ is inspired by Parkinson’s patient Ivo de Bisschop’s extraordinary walk around Belgium’s border, which he completed last year with friends to raise awareness and funds for the disease.
In this year’s Covid-secure event, participants can select their own personal challenge and walk (1km, 5kms, or 10kms) or run (5kms, 10kms, or 20kms) sometime between May 13th and May 30th, tracking their progress on a virtual map of Belgium thanks to the My Trace app. Along the way, they will be ‘supported and encouraged’ by Parkinson’s patients, researchers, care providers, doctors and well-known Belgians. Friends and family will also be able to record a message for them!
And for those that enjoy listening to music as they walk or run, world-famous Belgian DJs Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike will compile a Spotify playlist especially for this event.
Registration for ‘Let’s Move for Parkinson’ is via this link: https://www.letsmove.com/event/let-s-move-for-parkinson.
With your support, we are certain that ‘Let’s move for Parkinson’ will be a great success. We hope you can motivate many people to participate and bring us one step closer to finding a cure for this terrible disease. You can make the difference!
Thank you very much,
Anne-Marie Demoucelle and Ivo De Bisschop