|Where in the world is Parky?|
Parky the Raccoon was "born" in the summer of 2012, when Bob Kuhn, a WPC 2013 Ambassador traveled the world with a cardboard cutoout of Parky, which he used to spark conversations with people with Parkinson's who could not speak English. Everyone was curious about this unique animal, indigenous to North America but virtually unknown to the rest of the world.
Parky is the official mascot of the WPC 2016. By purchasing your own Parky, you will support the WPC Travel Grants Program to help a junior clinician or scientist, or a person living with Parkinson's to attend the next World Parkinson Congress. Click here to buy a limited edition Parky the Raccoon!
Parky's first stop was his arrival at the WPC office in NYC, where he made his way to visit Times Square.
In New York, he also got to meet WPC Founder Dr. Stanley Fahn and introduced himself to Parkinson Disease Foundation's Research Grant Committee.
Then he made his way to the sunny Caribbean with WPC Blogger Partner Marcus Cranston on his multi-country tour. There he met WPC 2013 Volunteer Cherry Vogt & WPC 2016 Buddies Coordinator Deanna Krywy.
Back to the east coast! Here is Parky at the American Academy of Neurology meeting with WPC 2016 Fundraising Committee Chair Dr. Raj Pahwa. He also went to Albany, NY with WPC 2016 Ambassador Fulvio Capitanio to hang out with Andy Butler, Laura Hanf and Stacie Friend.
A trip to New York is not complete without meeting a celebrity! Here is Parky with Brian Grant and Cherise Bjornsgard, Executive Director of The Brian Grant Foundation.
WPC Partner Organization The Brian Grant Foundation is based in Portland, Oregon and can't wait to welcome Parky and the global Parkinson's community to their hometown for the WPC 2016.
Next stop...the west coast!