Get started now to be a part of April's Parkinson's Awareness Month! See and order the winning t-shirt design, free tools and get tips from those in the field.

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Pro Tip #1: Awareness Can Be Simple and Easy

"Getting involved in the fight against Parkinson's doesn't have to be complicated. You don't have to be famous or be a big shot. Anyone can do it! Find what you like to do best and do it for PD." Ruth Lotzer of Bloomington, MN, should know. We are happy to announce that her design won the 2014 Parkinson's Awareness Month T-shirt Design Contest (thanks to everyone who voted!). Each simple action can make a difference, including wearing the t-shirt Ruth designed.

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Pro Tip #2: Start Early (like our Snowman!)

"Start early!" "Plan early and have a clear strategy in mind." This advice from respondents to the 2013 PD Awareness Month survey is on target. Do you know whether you would like to put up posters, create a library display or gather with your support group to view our PD ExpertBriefing: Medication Side Effects on Tuesday, April 8? Don't let winter stop you from reaching out to your library or inviting your group to gather. Find more tips on our website.

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Pro Tip #3: Fundraising Can be Fun

"After my best friend was diagnosed with Parkinson's at age 33, I knew I had to do something to raise funds to help end Parkinson's. With the PD Smokeout (a barbecue competition), we are not only raising funds, we are also spreading awareness in our community and shedding light on what Parkinson's really is and how devastating it can be." PDF Champion Robert Morphew of Evansville, IN, knows you can have fun raising funds, so he uses his passion for the cause. Will you help to raise funds for research this April? We'll help you do it, just contact us at

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Awareness Tools

Be sure to regularly check back for our new awareness tools. Right now you can download template letters to the editor, and order our free materials or those for purchase (car magnets, t-shirts, hats or wristbands).

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*Photo courtesy of Tanya Lawrence Lovelady.

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