The Issue: Parkinson's Disease Limits Speech and Swallowing
Approximately 89% of individuals with Parkinson's disease suffer from a speech or voice disorder, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, but only about three percent of individuals receive speech treatment. The Michael J. Fox Foundation also reports that Parkinson's disease impairs the coordination between breathing and swallowing. This inability to swallow safely often causes aspiration pneumonia, which is the leading cause of death for people with Parkinson's.
The Campaign: Singing Event for People with Parkinson's
If this Grassroots campaign raises $350, then Parkinson Voice Project can organize The Loud Crowd singing event for patients with Parkinson's disease. Each additional $350 raised will fund another The Loud Crowd singing event. The Loud Crowd challenges people who have completed the Speak Out intensive voice-therapy program with ongoing exercises and activities. Participants practice vocal exercises in a choral group in order to maintain speaking and swallowing abilities through the progression of the disease. The Loud Crowd currently has 300 members, most of whom will maintain their communication skills until the end of life.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.