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Mar 23, 2014 | by Darcy Blake | This is the fourth day of public voting in the American Brain Foundation’s Neuro Film Festival with four days remaining before the voting ends. I need votes to win the “fan favorite” award for my film, Before and After DBS. I’m in a precarious third place slightly above a neck-in-neck position with an admirable stroke film contender. To climb to second place, I currently need to find 113 votes. This number changes minute by minute as votes are tabulated.

The winner 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. My goal is to represent the Parkinson’s Disease community with the winning film about brain disease. 

A Multitude of Brain Diseases
The Neuro Film Festival aims to raise awareness about many terrible brain diseases in addition to Parkinson’s disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, autism, and multiple sclerosis. Each of these diseases warrants our nation’s full-blown attention for the severity of the hardship and suffering they cause in the lives of so many families. The films that represent these dreadful diagnoses are each deserving of the top award, and it is a tough choice to choose only one. So far, the frontrunner film in this competition is about MSA, the second film is about encephalitis, the third film is my Parkinson’s Disease film (by a thread).

Why Try?
Why am I trying, with 113 votes to reach second place and even more votes to reach first place? I think of my mom, now confined to a wheelchair in her thirtieth year of having Parkinson’s Disease. I think of my good fortune in having my tremor whisked away by Deep Brain Surgery earlier this year. I am touched by the hundreds of friends I have made in our Parkinson’s Support Group, who spend every day of their lives struggling with the consequences of their medication regimes, and the advance of their PD with grace and dignity. My good fortune from DBS surgery is my call to carry the fight forward for a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. If you decide to put your vote behind Parkinson’s Disease in the Neuro Film Festival, you’ll help bring recognition to a very worthy cause.

Let’s pave the way to finding a cure for brain disease!

Be Sure to Vote
To vote for Before and After DBS (link is below), you give your name and email and they send you a link. When you click on the link, you’ll get the list of films. 

http://www.americanbrainfoundation.org/neurofilmfestival/index.cfm?event=vote:video.list

My sincere thanks, Darcy Blake

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

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