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APRIL 2013

April 2013 SC Governor's Proclamation for Parkinson's Awareness Month
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History of South Carolina Governor's Proclamations Issued for April being Parkinson's Awareness Month

Each April, the majority of the states in our nation have Governor's Parkinson's Awareness Proclamation signing or presentation ceremonies. South Carolina has had Proclamations issued by our state Governors in the following years

No Proclamations issued prior to 2006
2006 = Yes Proclamation issued
2007 = Yes Proclamation issued
2008 = No Proclamation issued
2009 = Yes Proclamation issued with a Lt. Governor's ceremony
2010 = Yes Proclamation issued with a Governor's ceremony
2011 = Yes Proclamation issued
2012 = Yes
Proclamation issued
2013 =
Yes Proclamation issued

The SC State House Governor's Proclamation ceremonies with our elected officials have been a major way for the SC Parkinson's community to help create Parkinson's awareness among the citizens of our state. SC Governor's Proclamation events are another opportunity for South Carolina to join with the other US states in our nation, and with other nations to publicly celebrate April as "Parkinson's Awareness Month".
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2010 Proclamation Signing Ceremony

Photo of 2010 Parkinson's Proclamation Signing and Presentation Ceremony with Governor Sanford

Photos by Roger J. Alan, Photographer Office of the Governor

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2010 Proclamation Signing Ceremony

2009 Proclamation Presentation Ceremony

Photo of 2009 Parkinson's Proclamation Presentation Ceremony with Lt. Governor Bauer

Photo provided by Mark Hendrick, Office of the Lt. Governor

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2009 Proclamation Presentation Ceremony
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Dr. James Parkinson Red Tulip
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Why does the Columbia Parkinson's Support Group and other Parkinson's groups and organizations have a red tulip as part of their logo?

The tulip symbol, the "Dr. James Parkinson Tulip", has been adopted by many Parkinson's disease organizations and groups around the world. The story of the Parkinson tulip began in 1980 in the Netherlands when J.W.S. Van der Wereld, a Dutch horticulturist who had PD, gave the name "Dr. James Parkinson" to the red and white tulip he had developed.

Note: Some PD organizations have a yellow tulip.

For the complete story about the "Dr. James Parkinson Tulip" click here
Columbia Parkinson's Support Group Logo
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Another Parkinson Disease Symbol for PD Awareness

The tulip — a red flower with distinctive leaves shaped like the letters “p” and “d” — was designed by a "Young Onset" person with Parkinson’s (PWP) from Washington state — Karen Painter.

"While grassroots support for making Karen's tulip the national symbol for Parkinson’s awareness is growing, organizations and volunteers are encouraged to be proud of their organizational affiliation; and to use their own organization's symbol with pride. They should feel free to also use the PDTulip as a symbol that can represent ALL people with Parkinson's and ALL organizations and ALL scientists in the US who are working for the cure. Please show your support of the PDTulip for Parkinson's Awareness." by Supporters of the PDTulip for Parkinson's' Awareness
Parkinson's Disease Postage Stamp
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What is the United States "Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease"?
Congressional Caucuses are formed by Members of US Congress to provide a forum for issues or legislative agendas.  The "Congressional Caucuses on Parkinson's Disease" is made up of both US Representatives and Senators who have coalesced in an effort to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

For a list of all the members of the US Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease click on this link
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Photo of Parkinson Awareness Buttons
Parkinson Awareness Buttons Designed by Kay Perricelli
Photo by Dottie Gantt

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