The Ripple Effect - PMD Alliance

As COVID-19 continues to change and challenge the way we go about our daily lives, we are inspired by stories of people who are committed to finding connections in the face of social distancing. Connection, creativity and resilience are at the core of what we do and we are reminded of WHY we give thanks to generous people like you.

So much of this situation is out of our control – similar to living with a movement disorder. This is our collective reality and we are all trying to figure out how to navigate it together.

In the midst of crisis, however, is an opportunity for kindness and community. Take for example this story about a woman named Jane Porter Cottrell from Oro Valley, AZ.

Jane used to be a nurse. She is also a quilter.

Jane’s husband Warren was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease ten years ago.

Jane wanted to spread some joy during the COVID-19 crisis and started sewing masks for family, friends, and fellow Parkinson’s support group members.

In an effort to be sure people grabbed the mask intended for them (she used University of Arizona fabric for sports fanatics and kid-friendly fabric for little ones), Jane grabbed a pad of sticky notes to put the person’s name on them for porch-pick up.

That pad of sticky notes was from a PMD Alliance event (one of many) she and her husband have attended. Without her knowing, she was spreading awareness about PMD Alliance and a grateful friend donated in her honor.

Her kindness rippled down, and we are so thankful.

Thank you, Jane Porter, for spreading kindness through the more than 100 masks you have donated and for spreading awareness about Parkinson’s disease and PMD Alliance!

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