“A space where people with Parkinson’s can speak their minds”

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Author: Saskia MairPublished: 26 November 2020

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The Parkinson’s Life podcast has been named the ‘Best Global Audio Campaign of the Year’ at the Global Content Awards 2020. To celebrate, we look back at the series and the generous and honest contributions of our guests


We launched the Parkinson’s Life podcast in May 2019 to offer a space for people affected by Parkinson’s disease to talk honestly about the realities of living with the condition, uninterrupted by an interviewer.

Each of the six episodes brought together two or more people for a conversation about how the condition affected them and the people they loved: their relationships, attitudes to parenting, working lives and everyday wellbeing. The results were inspiring, surprising, upsetting and sometimes funny – but never dull.

So we’re delighted that the podcast series has been named the ‘Best Global Audio Campaign of the Year’ at the inaugural 2020 Global Content Awards – an event which celebrates “excellence in content marketing and rewards agencies and in-house teams across the world who are creating high quality, valuable content”.

“A space where people with Parkinson’s can speak their minds”

Highlighting the factors that made the podcast stand out, the host of the virtual event, Kris Temple, said the judges wanted to congratulate Parkinson’s Life on “creating a space where people with Parkinson’s can speak their minds – they created a strategy with them at their centre.

“It was great to see how they considered the accessibility of the media when choosing which one to use to produce content.”

Of course, the series would not have been possible without the incredible contributions of our guests ­– including campaigners, bloggers and healthcare professionals who took the time to share their personal experiences and insights with Parkinson’s Life. From Canada-based broadcaster Larry Gifford and US blogger Allison Toepperwein, who talked about parenting in our very first episode, to US rapper Walter J Archey III and UK artist Amy Mallett who discussed creativity in the sixth episode. In addition, in a one-off episode as part of our #WomenAndParkinsons campaign, US blogger Sharon Krischer, Dutch blogger Mariette Robijn, and UK blogger Omotola Thomas, highlighted how the gender data gap affects the everyday lives of women with the condition around the world.

Editor of Parkinson’s Life, Simge Eva Dogan, said: “As a team, we’re delighted to be recognised by this award. A huge thank you to our guests who brought the podcast to life and to our listeners around the world who tuned in to each episode.”

You can listen to the award-winning Parkinson’s Life podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud and YouTube.


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