Etcetera - 04/18/11

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April is Parkinson's month and Walla Wallan Wilma Blanchard Schmerer aims to raise $2,000 to help find a cure.

She's seeking one-time donations of $10 or more. She said research on Parkinson's benefits most or all neurological diseases.

To find out more go to www.teamfox.org and she can be found by name or city and state.

"I am dedicating my efforts to The Michael J. Fox Foundation because I believe that my work as a Team Fox member will ultimately shorten the road to a cure. They are reputed to get the money into the hands of research people very quickly.

The chronic, degenerative neurological disorder affects nearly five million people worldwide. The symptoms of Parkinson's disease typically progress from mild tremors to complete physical incapacitation.

"There are currently no known ways to prevent or accurately predict who will develop Parkinson's disease, but scientists believe that, of all the brain disorders, Parkinson's is the one closest to a cure."

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research strives to ensure the development of a cure within this lifetime through an aggressively funded research agenda.

"Advances in Parkinson's research are likely to significantly contribute to the understanding of other devastating neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's, ALS and multiple sclerosis. The opportunity for therapeutic breakthroughs has never been greater, yet research remains severely underfunded."

"I'm inviting you to make a difference in the lives of those living with Parkinson's disease. You can play a part in the effort to eradicate this debilitating disease.

Thank you in advance for your generous support as we strive together toward the finish line on the fast track to a cure," Wilma said.

To visit Wilma Blanchard Schmerer's page, see tinyurl.com/3fwjg8l .

An FFA-sponsored plant sale is slated for May 2-5 in the Career and Technical Education building at Walla Walla High School, according to the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.

Early attendance is encouraged to take advantage of the limited supply of patio planters. Cedar planter boxes will be filled with a variety of flowers; three cedar potting tables and various metal art figures will be available.

For more details, contact FFA Advisor Arch McHie at: amchie@wwps.org

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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