Young Onset Parkinson's Disease

The #pieitforward challenge has begun, its simple either challenge a friend, family member or anyone to take a pie in the face for Parkinson's Disease Awareness and donate any amount of money you are comfortable in giving to PAN, PDF, NPF or any national or local foundation you like. Or just take one in the face in honor of a loved one for awareness. We ask that you video tape these and place on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and/or Instagram with the #pieitforward attached. We also have #penniesforparkinsons where you will save your spare change through the month of September and Donate October 1st to the PD Foundation of your choice. We look forward to your videos and comments. Remember, #pieitforward and #penniesforparkinsons

We are here to create an environment for those effected by Parkinson’s disease. We welcome all members of the Parkinson’s Family, Patients, Caregivers, Spouses, Children, Family Members and Friends. We are here to focus on the reality that many people as early as 12 are being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and to start informing the public that this is not a disease that only the elderly are being diagnosed with.
Parkinson's Disease is a progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement. It is associated with degeneration of the basal ganglia of the brain and a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine. At this time there is no cure for the disease or a real determining cause for Parkinson's. We know that there are genetic markers in many people diagnosed with Parkinson's. But it is unknown what causes these cells to become deficient. There is suspicions that head trauma such as a boxer or former football player, or pesticides, additives to Soft Drinks could be a major attribute to the rise in Parkinson's Disease. Many people feel that with the growing knowledge of Parkinson's and better knowledge in the medical community is creating the higher diagnosed numbers. Back in the 60's 70's and 80's a young person showing the signs of Parkinson's were sent away frustrated without knowledge of what was wrong with the. But with the help of foundations such as the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Parkinson's Resource Organization and many others along with your help we can continue to inform the public about the travesty that is YOPD, but it takes an effort from all of us. We can’t just sit back, join a group and hope for the best. We need to inform, interject and fight for more research more funding and more knowledge. With your help we will see considerable advancements in medications, surgeries and the possibility of a cure.
We all want to be treated with respect and not create an environment of anger or discontent, so please read the rules of this forum and follow them. And always if you have any questions, or concerns please contact myself or any other of the administrators.

Michael D Sweet, Sr