As you know, as part of our Go Big Initiative our goal is to raise $10,000 for the Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida. Parkinson’s Association is doing fantastic work by spreading awareness of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease, as well as providing free resources to those already struggling with PD like movement therapy, speech therapy, and music therapy. To continue their great work, they depend on donations like ours to pay for all these amazing classes they’re able to provide. That’s where you come in! With every sale or purchase of a home, Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty - The Cachon Team donates a portion of their income to the Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida. If you or anyone you know is looking to buy or sell real estate, send them our way! They receive the top-tier service that we’re known for, AND a worthy cause will benefit as well! YOUR REFERRALS CHANGE LIVES!! In addition to supporting the Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida monetarily, we like to help spread awareness through continued advertising and education on the association, and the effects of Parkinson’s Disease.
World Parkinson’s Day is celebrated every year on April 11th, the birthday of Dr. James Parkinson. This day is dedicated to defending the interests of people who have the disease. World Parkinson’s Day raises awareness of this disease and aims to spur new research and treatment projects. Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida is working to educate the public, particularly during the month of April, which is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, by organizing fundraising and awareness activities and informing those living with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease was described for the first time by a British doctor, Dr. James Parkinson, in his essay entitled “An Essay on the Shaking Palsy” (1817). He speaks of “involuntary tremor movements accompanied by a weakening of the muscles, both when the person is motionless and when he is supported, with a tendency to bend the trunk forward and to go from walking to running, the senses and the intellect are not affected. Four decades later, Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot added rigidity to Dr. Parkinson’s excellent clinical description and referred to the syndrome as Parkinson’s disease.
What is Parkinson’s Tulip? On April 11, 2005, the Red Tulip was adopted as a global symbol of Parkinson’s disease at the 9th Luxembourg Parkinson’s Day Conference. The history of the red tulip begins in 1980, in the Netherlands, when JWS Van der Wereld, a Dutch horticulturist with Parkinson’s disease, is developing a red and white tulip. In 1981, Mr. Van der Wereld gave his precious cultivar named “tulip of Dr. James Parkinson” in honor of the man who described for the first time the disease which he suffered himself and in honor of the International Year of Disabled People. That same year, the tulip received the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit from London, England, as well as the Experimental Gardening Award from the Royal General Bulb Growers of Holland. It is described as a flower “outside with a brilliant cardinal red, with a small flamed rim and whitish outer base, red currant inside with red Adrianople, broad flamed white rim and pale yellow anthers.”