The Parkinson’s Disease (PD) Community lost 2 of its best known iconic figures in 2016. The most recognizable figure on the planet, the boxing legend and humanitarian, Mohamed Ali and Janet Reno, the first US female Attorney General. Thanks to both of them for their awareness and advocacy in spreading the word on PD and the importance of educating the public, our government, and the medical world. They were very public faces who helped to express the needs of this community.
This year I have been to far too many funerals of dear friends who have succumbed to the symptoms of PD. It is a tragic reality– one, that I dread sharing with you.
It is my hope for 2017, that we see more cooperation from all parties involved in drug manufacturing, drug regulation, and drug research to lead to some understanding of just how our brains work. Someone, somewhere, sometime in the not so distant future is going to recognize a common element or link that may very well break open the mystery of Parkinson’s disease. Until that very special day, when the brain reveals itself, it is our duty to ourselves and our loved ones, to do all that we can for ourselves and our conditions.
I wish all of you, my friends and readers, a very healthy and happy New Year!
I never met the man but just knowing that he was there meant something. He meant so much to so many in countless genres. He fought the ultimate fight with a quiet grace after making lasting marks that thus changed and broke open multiple conversations that would span the globe.
His body may have moved on but his presence and impact will live as long as humankind continues to exist. He fought a long battle with an opponent that plays by no rules. Unlike boxing, with illness there is no telling when to block or duck from such a blow. His path and fame has opened many doors and paved many roads that have helped to shed light on the importance and expediency of the need to aid those trying to navigate Parkinson’s disease. We have lost a great friend to our community and a humanitarian to the world.