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Local Woman Joins in on Parkinson's Quilt Project

Posted Jul 30 2010 12:00am
Look what showed up in my home town paper in the middle of nowhere today...the town was buzzing!
LOCAL WOMAN JOINS IN ON PARKINSON'S QUILT PROJECT

Vandalia resident Charlene Pryor recently used her talents to contribute to the Parkinson's Quilt Project of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) seeking to raise awareness of Parkinson's Disease(PD) and the need for a cure.

Pryor, 63 was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1995 and took up quilting as a hobby in 1980.
Among the many quilts she's created over the years, one of her favorites is a piece she made about her experiences living with Parkinson's.

So when she heard about the Parkinson's quilt Project, which will bring quilts together from all over the world, she was eager to get involved.

She not only sewed a panel for the quilt, she also serves on the project's advisory committee. In this capacity, she performs outreach to other people affected by Parkinson's, letting them know they too can play a part.

Pryor's own quilt panel, entitled "Thanks" is a tribute to the various Parkinson's organizations, including PDF, that provide important services and information for those with PD.

Her Panel, which she sewed in one week, features logos of each charity, which Pryor calls "lifelines" for those with Parkinson's
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Pryor said of her efforts, "I am grateful that PDF was able to provide me with an opportunity and that they are bringing together quilters who have the same goal in mind: to let others know about Parkinson's.

"I also hope that my contribution to the quilt project lets others see that they too can help make a difference by becoming involved, whether by quilting or any other means."

Robin Elliott, executive director of the Parkinson Disease Foundation, the organization that is leading the quilt project, said,"The true power of the Parkinson's Quilt Project comes from the 600 individuals such as Pryor,who actually create the pieces that we assemble. When the quilt is displayed for the first time at the World Parkinson's Congress in Glasglow, Scotland in September, it will radiate her contributions and those of hundreds of others around the world who, like her, are touched by Parkinson's.

"It will also remind the world that we need increased awareness and funds to find a cure for Parkinson's. We applauded Ms. Pryor's efforts to help make all of this happen." Those interested in learning more or requesting an image of Ms. Pryor's panel can do so by calling PDF at (800) 457-6676, emailing info@pdf.org or visiting http://supportpdf.org/quilt.

About Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that effects nearly1 million people in the US. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson's
About the Parkinson's Disease Foundation

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation(PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson's Disease research, education and public advocacy. It is working for the nearly 1 million people in the U.S. who live with Parkinson's by funding promising scientific research to find the causes of and a cure for Parkinson's while supporting people with Parkinson's and their families and caregivers through educational programs and support services.

Since its founding in 1957, PDF has funded more than $85 million worth of scientific research in Parkinson's disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world.
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