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MAR 21, 2014 | by Darcy Blake | Offering a “fan favorite” prize, the American Brain Foundation has set off a flurry of conversation about brain disease amongst my friends and co-workers. The public is invited to cast one vote per person for their favorite film. In a rally for votes, other filmmakers and I have an opportunity to discuss brain disease with people we know and love.

“As someone whose Dad has Parkinson’s, I want to wish you the best of luck with this video and more importantly your fight against this disease. I am all in for the fight.” Jessie Guilliot III, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Menlo College           

This quote is one of the first responses I received from 17 of my colleagues this morning when I asked for help from my co-workers in voting for my film Before and After DBS in the American Brain Foundation’s Neuro Film Festival 2014.

“+1 Darcy, Alzheimer runs in my family, so I hope they get to this level of medical procedures in that area as well. Impressive, and glad the surgery worked so well,” said one co-worker. “I think it is a great example of the faith that everyone should have in their life,” stated another co-worker.

The winner at the Neuro Film Festival receives recognition at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, the world’s largest meeting of neurologists with an estimated 12,000 attendees. A jury will determine the Grand Prize winner and a Runner-up. The winners will be announced and the videos played in front of a live audience at the Annual Meeting.

“I loved your video and art pieces shown in the video. +1 vote from me,” said one of my colleagues. “Your film is informative and meaningful,” said another friend. “WOW!!! I had no idea you’ve been through all of this Darcy. MY GOODNESS!!! I’m honored to vote for your film, and do whatever I can to lend a hand here. God bless you! Thank you for sharing your strengths and recovery,” said another friend.

My friend Tina said, “Darcy’s story is amazing and deserves national recognition because her video on Deep Brain Stimulation could help many people with Parkinson’s. View Before and After DBS, and register to vote.”

Cure Brain Disease
The American Brain Foundation’s phrase “cure brain disease” has become my buzz phrase of the week. Today, I learned about Jessie’s dad who shares my disease, and Jessie’s newly acquired caregiving skills. Our talk has just begun.

Vote for Before and After DBS or your favorite film at https://www.americanbrainfoundation.org/neurofilmfestival/?event=vote:video.list

About Parkinson’s Women Support
The  mission of Parkinson’s Women Support is to offer moral support, encouragement and camaraderie for women who are either Parkinson’s Disease patients or caregivers. Check out our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/parkinsonswomen

2 thoughts on “American Brain Foundation Inspires Buzz About Brain Disease

  1. Darcy, great film, impressive scar! glad DBS helped so much. I voted for your film and If you get to Philadelphia, I’d love to buy you a meal and share PD stories from an east coast Women’s Support Group member and a Parkinsons Creative Collective Director.

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