Chris Pearson’s honest, angry, battling response to his diagnosis – Parkinson’s Disease.
One of the Coloring The Wind objectives is to demonstrate how art can be used to build awareness and understanding of some of the major social issues of our times … and the challenges of aging is one of them.
Many of us know someone with Parkinson’s, which is estimated to affect 2-3% of those over the age of 65 in the UK. And of course we’re aware of the high profile cases – Mohammed Ali and Michael J Fox, who were both hit by early onset of the disease. But it’s one of those things that you think can never happen to you … until it does.
The terrifying thing about the disease is that there’s no cure yet, and the drugs that can successfully treat the symptoms in the early days gradually lose their impact. There’s hope though that research, funded by organizations like the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Parkinson’s UK will begin to find answers soon.
Other support groups, like the Davis Phinney Foundation, (Dave Phinney is a former Olympic / Tour de France cyclist, diagnosed with PD at the age of 40), focus on the quality of life for sufferers.
There are astonishing stories of people who have overcome disability and discomfort to do things that they might never have done before the onset of the disease. A team of people suffering from MS and PD climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2011. This year, one sufferer is planning to run, row, cycle and swim across the United States as part of a fundraising challenge.
But for millions of others, there’s a battle to fight every day against old Parkinson. ‘You’re not in charge any more’, he says. ‘I’ll be running the body from now on.’ If you’re one of his victims, all you can do is resist – as Chris does for example, using humour and honesty as his weapons. If you’re not, you can support the struggle. Find out more by following some of the links here, and contribute – as we are: from every sale of Coloring The Wind‘s Parkinson’s products, 30% of the net proceeds will be contributed to Parkinson’s Research.
See also our description of how and why we created this design.
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