Raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease

The Shakin’ Parkinson’s Up Minot Support Group is requesting submissions for its Legacy Project in March.

Beginning March 1, people may nominate a Parkie Diva or Parkie Warrior at www.facebook.com/groups/shakindup/ The nomination should include up to four photos of the nominee, along with why the person has been nominated and stories about them. Winners and their care partners will receive a mini makeover, a Legacy photo shoot, and a memory book. All of the submissions and photos will be compiled together to create a Legacy memory book to pass down to their loved ones.

The support group will launch its first meet and greet on April 1 at Applebee’s Grill and Bar in Minot from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. On that day, Applebee’s will donate 20 percent of a patron’s check to the YMCA to further Parkinson’s programming. People should let a staff member know that they support Parkinson’s to ensure that the donation is made.

On April 5, Mayor Shaun Sipma will proclaim Parkinson’s Awareness during the scheduled town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Other events will take place later in April.

Contact Holly Jacobs at parkiediva701@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/groups/shakinpdup to learn more about Shakin’ Parkinson’s Up Minot Support Group, how to contribute a gift, volunteer opportunities or have questions.

According to the support group, Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and the 14th leading cause of death in the U.S. An estimated one million people in the U.S. have the disease. Some symptoms include tremors, difficulty with balance, swallowing, chewing, speaking, and cognitive impairment.


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