School Board Recognizes April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month

LOS ANGELES (March 14, 2017) – At today’s Los Angeles Board of Education meeting, members unanimously approved a resolution recognizing April as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.

This chronic, progressive, neurological disease is estimated to affect up to 1.5 million people throughout the U.S., according to the resolution sponsored by Board Member Mónica Ratliff.

“Parkinson’s disease impacts the lives of many L.A. Unified families and staff,” she said. “This resolution was first introduced by former Board Member Bennett Kayser. It has been an honor to continue to bring forward this resolution to highlight the importance of Parkinson’s Disease awareness.”

She added, “With Parkinson’s being the second most common neurodegenerative disease, it is important to make sure that our students, staff, and community are aware of this disease in hopes of someday creating a cure to end this disease.”

Board Member Mónica García agreed. “We know that there are future scientists in our classrooms that will eventually help lead the fight against Parkinson’s,” Board Member García said. “We stand with those most impacted by this disease.”  

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