Based on the outpouring of support to help those in the United States living with Parkinson’s Disease, I would venture to say that the day-to-day work being done by the committed people at P.A.N.D.A. will truly make a difference in the lives of many. I’ve heard several people, including Michael J. Fox, say that they are smart enough to know that they need smart people around them to get things done, that need to get done. I’ll echo their statement and add that many more people are needed to do their part because there is an unmet need for help in other parts of the world. This includes our family of people with PD in Canada, Brazil, Cambodia, and Malaysia. These are only four of the twenty-nine countries represented that have accessed my blog and have spoken out. We can only make a wild guess as to how many more people living in these other countries need help of some type but don’t know where to turn for help. The power of social media will help bring to light some examples of how so many people truly suffer with this disease because of limited resources, mostly lack of affordable medications and quality medical care.
Where do we stop providing help to those in need? My answer to this question would be that a border should not be a barrier when it comes to lending a hand.
When do we stop providing help to those in need? My answer to this question would be that as long as there is an unmet need and people living with Parkinson’s Disease are suffering, we don’t stop.
Some may, and will, say that this willingness to help others beyond our borders isn’t a pragmatic way to look at this because of limitations related to a number of things, including religion, culture, beliefs ideology, etc.
I beg to differ. When we have people asking for help, turning a deaf ear or a blind eye to the problem won’t make it go away. Many, including myself, don’t know the answers on how to best resolve these issues but that doesn’t stop us from doing what we can. I’ve often said that I can’t promise anything but my best effort. We are so very fortunate in these United States and other areas of the world to know people who may know people in positions to help. Pharmaceutical companies, governmental agencies, public charities, non-profit organizations, foundations, etc are but a few examples of resources that we can reach out to and provide relief to the gentlemen in Cambodia and Malaysia, the lady in Brazil, and those in Canada that need a helping hand.
As I mentioned previously, I don’t know the answers to best resolve these issues but I’ve seen it on more than several occasions that when someone is calling out for help, there will be someone who is willing to do their part and help those in need.
May we never lose the hope that optimism brings to our lives.