Online video campaign ‘gives life’ to powerful Parkinson’s stories
Author: Geoffrey ChangPublished: 13 August 2015
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Sometimes a story needs more than just words on a page
A non-profit organisation has dedicated its 2015 campaign to raising international awareness of Parkinson’s through a collection of inspiring crowd-sourced videos.
Based in New York, the charity – My Angel My Hero – is appealing to those living with Parkinson’s to submit videos describing their personal journeys, the highs and the lows.
By encouraging people to share their stories, the campaign is aiming to inspire, empower and spread hope for others tackling the disease. The charity hopes to create a library of at least 200 online videos within the first year.
The charity has assembled a team of 25 volunteers from, video editors to development professionals to lawyers, to join in the humanitarian efforts.
Faizan Sheikh, founder of My Angel My Hero, said: “My Angel My Hero’s mission is to give life to stories through videos and films. We believe every moment is a story. Every story has a message. In phase one of our 2015 campaign, we’ll offer people affected by Parkinson’s the opportunity to be heard.”
The name of the campaign comes from a film that Sheikh made about a promising young dancer who is diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s, a story inspired by real life events. He began to encourage others facing Parkinson’s to recount their experience on camera, giving rise to this latest online campaign.
Frankie Smith, a retired maths teacher diagnosed with Parkinson’s at 53, learned about My Angel My Hero in a chat room. In her video testimonial she says: “Every day I wake up, and I have a sense of gratitude. I hope that as my Parkinson’s gets worse and as I meet each new challenge, I continue to have an attitude of thankfulness and a choice to be happy.”
About My Angel My Hero
My Angel My Hero is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organisation committed to raising awareness for various social, medical and charitable causes including Parkinson’s disease, autism and domestic violence. What began as an idea to help patients tell their stories has grown into a full team of volunteers and community members that is rooted in compassion, growth and advocacy.
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