HARTFORD – State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus hosted a press conference at the State Capitol on Wednesday to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease. Rep. Zupkus was joined by lawmakers and advocates from the Connecticut Advocates for Parkinson’s.
Rep. Zupkus said, “April is Parkinson’s Awareness month. We are uniting here in Connecticut and around the world because 200 years is too long without a cure.”
A Bethany resident, Joseph Kelly was one of the advocates to speak about the need to find a cure for the disease. Kelley was a 30-year member of the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department and retired from his job as President of a Wholesale Food company after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011. He is also an advocate for individuals with Parkinson’s with the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, Parkinson’s disease affects about one million people in the United States and ten million worldwide. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year.
Rep. Zupkus added, “We need to continue to shine a spotlight on Parkinson’s, not just one month a year but every month and every day. We can find a cure for Parkinson’s, I believe it, and I know if we work together one day this disease will be eradicated.”
Visit www.RepZupkus.com to watch the press conference.