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More MEPs join the cause!

Esther de Lange MEP
Esther de Lange MEP
Seán Kelly, Ireland
Seán Kelly MEP

Wednesday 26 September 2012

In the final days before the European Unity Walk, two more MEPs have spoken out in favour of the event and the impact it could have in the world of Parkinson's.

“It's a testament to how important a European Unity Walk is to the Parkinson's community that we are continuing to get so much support,” said EPDA president Knut-Johan Onarheim. There have been so many other champions of our event – and we urge everyone to read our many support stories to get a full flavour of the interest in Parkinson's that we have generated.

Dutch MEP Esther de Lange

“As a Dutch MEP and member of the European Parliament’s Health Committee I would like to welcome the European Unity Walk to Amsterdam. I am sorry I am unable to be with you on 28 September but I send you my full support. Parkinson’s is a chronic illness that has a huge impact on the individual, their family and society. I hope the European Unity Walk will help to put the issue of Parkinson’s disease on the European agenda.”

Irish MEP Seán Kelly

I won’t be able to be with you in Amsterdam but I am delighted to lend my support to the first European Unity Walk for Parkinson’s. More research is urgently needed into the causes of Parkinson’s and we also need better drug treatments. As a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Research and a member of the EPDA’s MEP Support Network I fully support increasing funding for Parkinson’s disease research under the EU Horizon 2020 framework programme.

There are currently more than 640 people registered to attend the European Unity Walk and there is still time to get involved! Click here to register – before it's too late!