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The Red Tulip.

World Parkinson's Disease Day

By Frank Church

April 11th is World Parkinson's Day and April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. Happy birthday to James Parkinson! He was a neurologist, geologist, scientist, and activist.

He was born April 11, 1755 and died December 21, 1824. We celebrate World Parkinson’s Day each year on his birthday and we focus our attention on Parkinson's awareness in April in honor of him and his discoveries.

The red tulip

When you see a pink ribbon, you likely think of a breast cancer survivor or breast cancer awareness. Likewise, for Alzheimer's disease awareness, a purple ribbon is the chosen color.

Interestingly, for Parkinson's disease awareness, it is a red tulip. It was developed by J.W.S. Van der Wereld, a Dutch horticulturist who had Parkinson’s disease.

He dedicated and named this tulip for James Parkinson. It was described as follows, "exterior being a glowing cardinal red, small feathered white edge, the outer base whitish; the inside, a currant-red to a turkey-red, broad feathered white edge, anthers pale yellow."

For more information on the incredible J.W.S. Van der Wereld click on this link

To celebrate this awesome world day I asked my good friend and talented artist,, Virginia to make an exclusive, limited edition bracelet. Purple and Sky Blue the colors representing Parkinson’s and signature Red Tulip.

I am convinced you will want to own one or two of these exclusive, limited edition bracelets! ALL you have to do is make a donation (what ever amount you choose) to AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute.

THEN….comment “The Tulip” to this post. We will connect and a bracelet will shortly be on its way to you……..with a tulip full of gratitude..


Aquamarine dyed blue semi precious,

Amethyst faceted semi precious

Gold Miyuki

Gold plated spacers

Glass red tulips with green leaves

They measure 8 inches stretcH.

Tomorrow Friday I go back for 2nd stage surgery. That is when the surgeon goes back into my brain and down to my chest and implant a battery pack which he connect the electrode leads ready for calibration which is scheduled for the 29th April.

From there it can take several weeks or months to calibrate for the best results. All very exciting and interesting and emotional. Stay turned as to “Why” emotional? Jim and I talk about that in our next podcast.

For today…WORLD Parkinson’s Day, Sheree and I celebrate the incredible Dr. Reddy, Dr. Latio and their AdventHealth Neuroscience team. Hip-Hip Horray.

Cuppa Tea, Scones, Flowers and friendship….doesn’t get any better than that

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