Fundraiser for Parkinson’s Disease
Fundraiser for Parkinson’s Disease Organized by Parkinson’s Support Nepal (PSN)
A fundraiser was organized to raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease in Nepal by Parkinson’s Support Nepal (PSN) on July 22, 2017. The program was held at Moksh, Jhamsikhel. In the ambient environment of the restaurant, people coming for the program were met with a short speech by Mrs. Banita Khanal, a Parkinson’s Disease patient herself as well as one of the organizers for the program. She shared her experiences on living with the disease, starting right from her struggle to get a proper diagnosis that led her to everywhere and yet nowhere. However, after a painstaking number of years, when she got a name for her ailment, she did not know whether to be happy to have a name or panic after learning about the disease. She is truly one, among few chosen ones, who will not give up just because the world goes against you. She is a fighter and she is a winner, here, she has accomplished what many even fail to dream. Truth be told, even if her efforts leads to awareness for a single people, that truly would be outstanding for a country that still spends millions in superstitions. When she started her journey as a patient, she was all alone with only her understanding family by her side, today, she stands tall with other members of the society who are as devoted to the cause as herself. This is Mrs. Khanal’s true quality, to bring together a group of seemingly different people and yet make it a fully operational system. She even garners the support from one of the leading comedian of Nepal, Mr. Madan Krishna Shrestha, who is also a patient of Parkinson’s Disease.
Mrs. Banita Khanal with Mr. Madan Krishna Shrestha
After the speech, the program was embellished with music from D Mollify Band. Although the musical band is an upcoming one, their music has the taste of a perfectly ripened fruit. The band’s love for music is truly observable by their enjoyment while performing and their passion for music is inspirational. Their performance in the fundraiser was absolutely appreciative and their motivation to stand up for the cause presents a real mark of an artist. Their music and ability presents a sunny horizon for the nepali music industry as well as for the awareness of any social or medical issues prevalent but kept hidden in the society.
Musical Concert was followed by a short play “Why Me?“ encompassing the life of a Parkinson’s Patient and represented the real life scenario of a Parkinson’s patient. The drama summarized the struggle of a Parkinson’s patient to find a cure for a disease that is nameless for many, an uphill effort a patient has to make to complete a common work as that of tying a shoe lace or writing an exam paper. The drama also showcased what it feels to live with a disease within friends, family and the circle called society.
The program came to its conclusion with interaction from the audiences as well as the story telling from the caregivers of Parkinson’s Patient. The program marked an initiation or rather continuation from Parkinson’s Support Nepal (PSN) to raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease among people within and outside Nepal.
BioHubNepal.com humbly appreciates the tremendous effort of Parkinson’s Support Nepal (PSN) and vouches to be a helping hand in the coming future as well.