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About Campaignends 31 Dec 2019, 11:59 PM
An avid runner; former MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC; former Associate Professor, NUS School of Business; and Board Member, Parkinson Society Singapore.
I have been running in marathons and this year, I thought I could make a difference and run for a good cause at the upcoming Singapore Marathon 2019.
Parkinson is the second most common neurological disorder in Singapore, and is a life-long condition affecting not just the mobility of its patients but other aspects of their lives too. Unfortunately, cure has yet to be found.
I wish to take this opportunity to raise funds for Parkinson Society Singapore, a charity providing People with Parkinson (PwP) and their caregivers with the much needed support beyond those provided in hospitals.
Thank you for supporting me in this endeavour, and for making a difference in the lives of PwP in our community! - Dr Tan Boon Wan
About I Run For Parkinson
I Run For Parkinson is a new initiative of Parkinson Society Singapore (PSS) calling for running enthusiasts to make their race in the upcoming Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2019 more meaningful by raising awareness and funds to support People with Parkinson. Making another meaningful first is the formation of Team Parkinson - a team of People with Parkinson and their caregivers participating in the 5km category!
100% of all funds raised will be donated to PSS to further its cause in supporting PwP and their caregivers through therapeutic programmes.
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.