Fairfield delegation celebrate Parkinson’s Awareness Month

State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) and state Reps. Brenda Kupchick (R-132), Laura Devlin (R-134), Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-133) along with members of the Greenwich legislative delegation joined the Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson’s disease Association to celebrate April being Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Rep. Kupchick and others presented the Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association with an official state citation commemorating April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Nearly one million people in the US currently live with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s.

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association will talk about the debilitating disease and discuss the amazing research and treatments that help to aid those who are afflicted with Parkinson’s disease.

The President of the Connecticut Chapter American Parkinson’s Disease Association Michael Hahn said, “The support from the legislature for Parkinson’s optimism is overwhelming. We would like to thank the Assembly and Senate, particularly Representatives Kupchick and Fred Camillo (R-151) for helping us come together on a bipartisan basis to help raise awareness of this debilitating disease.”

“It is important to make people more aware of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is a treatable and many people live long and productive lives with it,” said Rep. Kupchick.

Rep. Devlin said, “I am happy to support Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Having spent well over 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry with researchers and scientists who have dedicated their lives to finding cures for disease, I’m glad I can help foster state investment in critical research.

“I’m proud to stand with my legislative colleagues in support of those who are engaged in the battle against Parkinson’s disease and dedicated to the mission of finding a cure,” Sen. Tony Hwang said. “We are fortunate in Connecticut to have facilities like Jackson Labs, which is conducting cutting-edge genomics and bioscience research in search of a cure to Parkinson’s and other debilitating diseases, as well as a legislature that recognizes the importance of providing support services to these individuals and their families.”

“Like so many other diseases, Parkinson’s does not discriminate. That it is why events like this one today are so important. By bringing together advocates, lawmakers and researchers we can make real progress towards a cure,” said Rep. McCarthy Vahey.

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association’s mission is to “Ease the Burden, To Find a Cure” for the people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers in Connecticut.

The goal of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association is to provide education, support and socialization. Along with educational information found on our website will hold many event, both educational and social during the year and we hope there is something for everyone.

President of the Connecticut Chapter American Parkinson’s Disease Association Michael Hahn speaking with State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28) about making April Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

President of the Connecticut Chapter American Parkinson’s Disease Association Michael Hahn speaking with State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28) about making April Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

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