Letter: Funding critical for research, cure

April was Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Those who live with the disease, their care partners and their advocates will continue to tirelessly work toward awareness, treatments and a cure.

Statistics show that every year, 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed, with 7 to 10 million people suffering from the condition worldwide. The number of people who have Parkinson’s is greater than the combined number of people who have multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease. There is no cure for the disease, although research is ongoing.

The UIHC Department of Neurology is involved in the research, as is Iowa State University. Sadly, as the country sees cuts to the National Institutes on Health, that research will lose critical funding. Science is the only thing that will find a cure for Parkinson’s disease and other diseases that affect our world.

Fortunately, the corridor has support programs for Parkinson’s disease, such as exercise, non-contact boxing, dance, vocal exercise and monthly support groups. These programs are funded solely through the annual Eastern Iowa Parkinson’s Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held this year at Pleasant Valley Golf Course in Iowa City on Aug. 26. The Cedar Rapids Parkinson’s Foundation uses this money to fund the support programs. This allows us to offer the programs at no charge to participants.

Please help us to continue to offer these programs. Visit www.renuyourlife.com for more information on how to help. Thank you.

Kris Cameron

Cedar Rapids

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