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Our Campaign Storyends 24 Jul 2021, 11:59 PM
Some of you may know that my gorgeous brother Rod has Parkinson's disease. He was diagnosed at 38 years old and over the last few years we've seen his mobility and independence diminish. In the last few weeks he has deteriorated quite rapidly and has had some time in hospital needing extra care. He has now lost his ability to swallow and a lack of his tongue and throat muscles make communication and eating very challenging and incredibly frustrating for him. As a family we've decided to raise awareness and join with the Singapore Parkinson's society in a virtual charity run. We've pledged to walk/run 250km between now and July. We'd love to ask you if you could dig deep and donate, we'd be very grateful in support of this charity. Parkinson's is a horrific disease for the sufferer, and for Rod to have it at such a young age has been heartbreaking to witness. I will be flooding facebook with each walk we do, so I apologise now for the gorgeous scenery and sweaty faces you will see! Thank you so much for every penny/cent you can give.
About The Charity
Parkinson is the second most common neurodegenerative disease affecting 3 out of every 1,000 people aged 50 and above. Singapore's first community-based Parkinson Centre at Bishan provides people with Parkinson and their caregivers with the much needed support beyond those provided in hospitals.
Parkinson Society Singapore (PSS) was formed on 16 December 1996 by a group of doctors and caregivers to help people living with Parkinson. The society was registered as a charity on 28 January 2000 and is a member of National Council of Social Service (NCSS).
Since then, the Society has organized a number of programmes including therapeutic exercise programmes, social and recreational activities and annual public forums, aimed at improving the lives of People with Parkinson (PwP).
The Society also works closely with support groups in various hospitals and publishes newsletters and books to raise the awareness of Parkinson. In Singapore, there are more than 8,000 PwP and the number of PwP is expected to go up in our rapidly ageing population.