At the April 16, City Council meeting the council presented the Ventura County Parkinson’s Disease Support Group a proclamation in support of April being “Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.”
In presenting the honor Mayor Matt LaVere stated “It is my honor to recognize April as National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, as this is a way for communities to come together to bring awareness of the impacts of the disease and those who are living with it in their communities. I offer my sincere thanks to those members of the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group who are so active in supporting those with Parkinson’s in Ventura and who are here tonight to receive this proclamation.”
The award was accepted by Aurora Soriano – Volunteer Advocate; Find a Cure for Parkinson’s Disease, California Parkinson’s Registry, Susan Kline, Founder of the Ventura PD Support Group 23 years ago and Patty Jenkins – Volunteer Coordinator for the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group.
“Thank you so much, Mayor LaVere and City Council Members, it is an honor to be here and receive this proclamation on behalf of our Ventura County Parkinson’s Disease Support Groups. “Every 9 minutes, someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease” said Patty in accepting the proclamation.
She went on to say “The Ventura PD Support Group’s goal is to provide a venue for Parkinson’s patients, their caregivers and families to share unique and common challenges, and also bring in medical and community experts who offer information about innovative treatments and resources to better manage and improve our quality of life. We are 100% volunteer organized and without the help of community supporters like the Ventura Breeze, The Star, and the Lexington, it would be impossible to have our meetings and reach newly diagnosed people who, like us at the beginning, felt lost, confused and alone with this disease.”
That’s Patty and Aurora on the upper right side.