Parkinson's is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world. And there is no cure.
Many people with Parkinson's find their symptoms get worse during coronavirus lockdowns. Now, more than ever, we need better treatments for Parkinson's.
For Drew, a married father of two, Parkinson's means he can't have the career he dreamed of. Diagnosed at 34, he suffers from stiffness, rigidity and fatigue. This means he can't do everyday tasks easily, like taking a shower or brushing his teeth. A loss of dexterity in his hands means sometimes he can't move them or pick things up.
"It hurts to know I can't have the career I wanted. I was setting myself up to become a luthier - someone who builds instruments and toys and furniture. I love making things and working with wood. After I was diagnosed, I became really depressed.
"I do worry about the future. I want to be able to walk my daughter down the aisle. But will I be walking then? I don't know. Will I be in a wheelchair? I just don't know."
It doesn't have to be this way for Drew. Over the past 50 years, thanks to our amazing supporters, researchers have uncovered clues to the causes of Parkinson's and found new avenues for treatments and therapies. During the coronavirus pandemic, we've continued to work tirelessly towards major breakthroughs.
But we can't do it without you. Can you donate now and make these breakthroughs happen?
You can help deliver new treatments. Faster.
We urgently need new treatments. For Drew. And for his wife and children. And for everyone living with Parkinson's. You can fund the most promising research today.
Your donation can support pioneering research like the projects that are being funded through the Parkinson's Virtual Biotech - our drug development arm.
Here we're able to fast track research projects with the greatest potential to transform life for people with the condition. So that one day Drew can walk his daughter down the aisle.
There are already projects progressing at the discovery, pre-clinical and early clinical development stages. Your donation can help move promising research forward.
A gift of £30 could fund a clinical researcher for 2 hours so we can test groundbreaking new treatments for Parkinson's. Can you donate £30 today?
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