|Agustin on1 far right|
I met Agustin when visiting Santiago, Chile, last year during my “Shake up My World” round the world trip (see my blog post). He is representative of other people with Parkinson’s who have demonstrated leadership in their own communities. But, despite his proven abilities, one week at the Congress would connect him with resources and dozens of other leaders in the Parkinson’s global community. Although it only happens once every three years, the World Parkinson Congress is a “game changer”. My own experience in attending WPC 2010 in Glasgow, Scotland, is evidence of that.
As challenging as the traveling would be for Agustin, and as frustrating as it may be for him to communicate in English, rather than Spanish, he would be up to the challenge. But there is one hurdle that he needs our help to get over. It is the same one confronting Roland from South Africa, Maria from India, and literally hundreds of international leaders in the worldwide Parkinson’s community. They cannot afford to attend WPC 2013.
That is where we all can help. A number of us who have been privileged to serve as designated Ambassadors for the World Parkinson Congress have decided to put our money (and our efforts) behind the creation of a grassroots initiative. This is intended to be an opportunity to provide travel grants to those worthy candidates from around the world who would like to attend but simply do not have the money to do so.
Please consider an online contribution, whether it be $10 or $1000, by clicking on this link? We are confident that financially enabling proven leaders to attend WPC 2013 will literally have a multiplication effect within the community battling the disabling effects of Parkinson’s disease. While we can only fund a few, we believe those few can have a significant impact on the 7,000,000+ people struggling with Parkinson’s worldwide. Will you help us change the world one deserving person at a time?
I alone cannot change the world,
but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.
~ Mother Teresa