All you need to know about Parkinson’s Disease, the Demoucelle Parkinson Charity and #teambeatparkinson!
- Between 7 – 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s Disease.
- There are more than one million people living with Parkinson’s today in Europe; with an ageing population this figure is forecast to double by 2030.
- Prevalence in the 60-69-year-old population is estimated at 1%, rising to 2.7% in those over 80.
- An estimated four percent of people with PD are diagnosed before age 50.
- In Belgium, it is estimated that 40,000 people are living with Parkinson’s Disease. This number is expected to double over the next 25 years.
- Men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson’s disease than women.
- Currently, there is no way to prevent or accurately predict who will develop Parkinson’s disease. There is no known cure, and available treatments temporarily mask symptoms while the disease worsens.
The Demoucelle Parkinson Charity
- Our Mission: The Demoucelle Parkinson Charity aims to accelerate research to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease within the next 10 years.
- Our Approach: In partnership with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, we fund the most-promising research projects that aim to modify the disease, slow down its progression or even reverse it. In addition, the charity’s founders Patrick and Anne-Marie Demoucelle provide pro-bono consulting services to the research teams based on their years of experience as consultants and business leaders. And finally, we seek to raise awareness about the disease and encourage more people to become active fundraisers to speed up discovery of a cure.
- Founded in 2011 by Patrick & Anne-Marie Demoucelle, following Patrick’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease aged 40 years old.
- Fundraising: By the end of 2020, the Demoucelle Parkinson Charity had raised 1.5 million euros for Parkinson’s research. Together with the Michael J. Fox Foundation it selects the most promising projects in which to invest. Details of our grants are on our website.
- Our main annual fundraiser ‘Run for Parkinson’ encourages people to participate in the Brussels 20k wearing the charity’s t-shirt and to raise funds to support its work. It is sponsored by several companies.
- Anyone can fundraise for the Demoucelle Parkinson Charity and thus be part of a vibrant community of engaged volunteers called #Teambeatparkinson.
- Volunteers organise their own events to raise funds or ask their friends and family to make a donation for a milestone moment in their lives or in support of their participation in a sporting endeavour.
- A Facebook group exists to share ideas and give support.