Parkinson’s stakeholders all over the world were united on 11 April 2017 to raise unprecedented amounts of awareness about the disease, using a dedicated campaign hashtag: #UniteForParkinsons.
World Parkinson’s Day 2017 was a landmark anniversary. The date momentously marked 200 years since Parkinson’s was recognised as a health condition (following the publication of Dr James Parkinson’s Essay on the Shaking Palsy, whose birthday the day is marked on).
The EPDA and Parkinson’s UK developed the #UniteForParkinsons campaign with the aim to position World Parkinson’s Day as a platform to grow an active global Parkinson’s community that can, in the months and years to come, collectively advocate for change in the treatment and management of the condition.
The results exceeded our expectations: people and organisations from 76 countries were united across the world to make it clear that 200 years without a cure is too long. The world Parkinson's community managed to speak as one by using the hashtag #UniteForParkinsons on all social media platforms on 11 April to share an endless stream of thoughts, messages, pictures and videos.
The EPDA would like to thank the following companies for their generous financial support in helping us promote the campaign across the world:
- The Astor Foundation
- Boston Scientific
- Britannia Pharmaceuticals
- Global Kinetics
- Grünenthal GmbH
- Medtronic Foundation
Thank you all so much! We look forward to #UniteForParkinsons in 2018!