Contact: Amanda Smith
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2011
Past Cruiser Endorses
Parkinson Research Foundation (PRF)
Patient Educational Cruise Program;
Encourages Patients to Attend
Upcoming PRF Cruise in January 2012
SARASOTA, FLORIDA - PRF is hosting its fourth educational cruise from January 8 – 15, 2012. Cruisers will set sail out of Port Canaveral, Florida on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas to embark on a seven-night Western Caribbean adventure.
The Parkinson Research Foundation (PRF) developed an educational cruise program to help Parkinson patients, care partners and their loved ones learn about Parkinson’s and connect with fellow patients from across the world. Each PRF cruise boasts a unique faculty of movement disorder specialists, giving cruisers unrivaled access to prominent experts in the Parkinson field.
After three successful patient cruises, PRF has earned a precious asset – the endorsement of a Wellsphere-certified Top Health Blogger, Kate Kelsall. Ms. Kelsall is celebrated throughout the PD community for her unapologetic candor when writing about Parkinson’s. Updated regularly, her blog provides an endless source of information about PD and a personal perspective on the disease.
She recently posted an entry on her blog debunking cruise concerns often cited by Parkinson’s patients. A past PRF cruiser, Ms. Kelsall will join PRF once again for the upcoming cruise in January 2012.
Ms. Kelsall wrote: “Cruises have now become an appealing vacation option for my husband and me. After cruising on two of the Parkinson Research Foundation’s educational cruises, my husband and I found the seminars and classes to be informative and practical, particularly Mary Spremulli's Voice Aerobics program with useful tips that can be implemented in everyday life.”
The January 2012 cruise program will have a “1950’s” theme, complete with sock hop dance parties and costume karaoke events. The educational program on board will include presentations by prominent Parkinson’s disease physicians and clinicians, including Dr. Juan Sanchez-Ramos, Mary Spremulli, Dr. Kathleen Clarence-Smith, Bill Guthrie, Eman Nakshabendi, Dr. Thomas Chase, etc. Patients, care partners and loved ones can participate in support group meetings, exercise classes and wellness seminars.
To read Kate Kelsall’s entire post about conquering cruise phobias and crusing with PRF, visit http://katekelsall.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/07/conquering-cruise-phobias.html
About the Parkinson Research Foundation (PRF)
The Parkinson Research Foundation (PRF) is a nonprofit health organization providing Parkinson’s patients with access to research, education, information and advocacy. PRF distinguishes itself from other Parkinson organizations by focusing on education and awareness, not only for patients, but also for their families and caregivers. PRF explores a variety of issues affecting the care and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, with a goal of bringing new advances in treatment to the forefront, making this knowledge available through seminars and conferences. The money raised by PRF funds research, information programs, and advocacy/awareness efforts that will support the over one million people with Parkinson's disease in communities across America.
For more information, please visit PRF online at: www.parkinsonresearchfoundation.org