April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, designated in honor of Dr. James Parkinson, a British doctor who first diagnosed what was then known as “shaking palsy.”
We share the gift of quilts all year round by fulfilling requests on our website. But we also attend local Parkinson’s events to give quilts away, and we have such an event coming up on April 22.
This Parkinson’s Symposium is organized by the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Department of Neurology and the American Parkinson’s Disease Association.
This annual event is held in a different location in the state every year. This year, it will be at the Quechee Country Club in Quechee, Vermont.
The Vermont APDA provides us with space to show off the colorful quilts we bring. As soon as the first person with Parkinson’s selects a quilt, the rush is on and for the next 90 minutes, we will be very busy gifting folks with our treasures. Before the first speaker is introduced, we will have distributed about 30 quilts, sometimes more.
As we wrap smiling people up in these incredible gifts, we all remember why we do this.
Just a quick note to let you know that the Parkinson’s Comfort Project will be taking a short hiatus from filling online quilt requests until April 23. We will resume our regularly scheduled gifting at that time.
Sonja Hakala, founder of the Parkinson’s Comfort Project