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Why Would Anyone Attempt 200 Skydives in One Day? A Minnesota Man Will To Raise Awareness and Funds for Parkinson's Disease
Date:6/15/2010

of Minnesota Clinic of Neurology, give an informational presentation on Parkinson’s disease. T-shirts, prizes, food and beverages will available, with plenty of activities for kids—a moonwalk, coloring contest. However, parents must supervise their children. This is a handicapped-accessible event

Opportunities to sponsor a jump in honor or memory of someone affected by Parkinson’s disease are still available. For a $100 donation, the name of the loved one, caregiver, or organization will be announced over the public address system prior to a jump. The sponsorship form, available online at www.perfectjumps.com/sponsor.html, also allows sponsors to provide a brief narrative about how the person(s) being honored are or were impacted by Parkinson’s disease.

For directions to SkyDive Twin Cities, go online to www.skydivetwincities.com/directio.htm . Baldwin, WI is approximately 30 minutes from St. Paul.

Background:
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease in which cells that produce dopamine, a brain chemical that controls muscle movement, die or are damaged. Without enough dopamine, someone with PD may experience tremors (shaking), muscle rigidity, slowed movements and/or balance problems. In addition to the problems that Parkinson’s can cause with movement, it can also affect a person’s ability to make decisions, recall information, and multi-task.

Approximately one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease. This is only an estimate, because there is no test a doctor can perform to confirm the disease, and no national mechanism, such as a registry, to track the numbers of people living with the disease. PD affects slightly more men th
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