Ease the Burden; Find a cure

For Immediate Release

Monday, March 19,2007


VANCOUVER, BC - April is Parkinson s Awareness month and on Thursday, April 12, 2007, at the Pan Pacific Vancouver, Linda Lee Thomas, Vancouver Symphony s principa pianist and her sensational trio, Tangissimo, wil headline An Affair to REmember, Tango Argentino, the second annual fundraising gala for Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC)

Catherine Macdonald, President of the Board of Directors said "Our guests will be treated to the finest in tango music and dance Vancouver has to offer. We selected this year s theme not only for the popularity of tango but also to highlight the benefits that individuals suffering from Parkinson s disease can experience when dancing. We look forward to an exciting evening.

In the interesting to note that or the past seven months. Dr Gammon Earhart, Assistant Professor of physical therapy at the Department of Physical Therapy at Eastern Whashington University an Madeleine Hackney, a Washington University doctoral candidate in motion cience an former professional dancer, have been studying a treatment for those afflicted with Parkinson s: the Tango. The national dance of Argentina, known for its fluid, sensual movements, might prove effective for individuals with PD who deal with rigidity ad slowess of movement.

Parkinson s disease is a chronic degenerative neurological disorder that slowly robs a person of ther independence. It is a cruel disease that takes over entire lives- not only the person affected by Parkinson s but also ther family. For most, ther minds stay sharp while every day they witness their body s increasing limitations due to tremors, slowness and stiffness, impaired balance and rigid muscles. Many have difficulty walking, talking and swallowing.

This disease for hich there is no cure is complex. hard to diagnose, and rndom. It is estimated that there are 7000 people in British Columbia, 100.000 in Canada. 1 million in the US and 6,3 million worldwide who suffer with Parkinson s and experts predict that the incidence of PD will increase significantly as the popultion ages. And while the vast majority of people with Parkinson s are over 60, 10 % are dignosed before the age of 50, many in thers 30 s and 40 s when they are busy raising children and building careers.

Established in 1969, Parkinson Society British Columbia is a not-for-profit registered charity that exists to address the personal and social consequences of Pakinson s disease through education, outreach, scientific reserarch, advocacy and public awareness. For more information, visit www.parkinson.bc.ca

An Affair to REmember: Tango Arentino is the signature event of Parkinson s Awareness Month. The funds raised are designated for reserarch and essential support services in BC.

Tickets are on sale now - $ 175 por person or $ 1.700 for a table of 10. Price of the ticket includes a perfomance by Tangissimo and tango dancers Moica an Gabriel Monty, a champagne reception with hors d oeuvres, a four-course dinner with wine, an live an silen auctions.


Contact; Diana Robinson, Executiv Director

Parkinson Society British Columbia

604 662 3240