Thursday, March 27, 2014 | 2:01 a.m.
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, helping bring much-needed attention to this chronic, progressive neurological disease that affects movement, speaking and cognitive function.
Between 500,000 and 1.5 million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease — my mother included — and it is important that we use this month to commemorate and educate the public and our elected officials about Parkinson’s and the urgent need for better treatments and a cure.
I want to encourage Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller, and Rep. Dina Titus to support biomedical research that can lead to better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
Their leadership is very important to me and the entire Parkinson’s community.