To address a common challenge of living with Parkinson’s while honoring everyday heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic, Neurocrine Biosciences has created Parkinson’s Cards to Heroes, a community-based program centered around handwritten letters from people living with Parkinson’s.
“One of the challenges of living with Parkinson’s…[is] losing the ability to hold a favorite pen to write a note or a letter or to sign a check. Therapeutic exercises like handwriting practice have been shown to help. This kind of practice can improve handwriting, increase brain activity, and keep patients more connected to who they are.”
– Neurocrine Biosciences
Cramped or small handwriting, called micrographia, affects a high percentage of people living with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s Cards to Heroes was designed to help motivate people with Parkinson’s to keep up their handwriting exercises through the act of transcribing messages of gratitude to everyday heroes around the nation, including those at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Launched in late July 2020, more than 500 letters have been written and received by frontline workers across the United States.
How it works
People with Parkinson’s, their care partners, and/or their loved ones can visit PDcardstoheroes.com and request a free kit of custom greeting cards. Neurocrine will mail you a kit with custom cards, exercise grids, instructions, and a pre-paid envelope to Operation Gratitude, which distributes the completed cards to frontline medical workers. Once you’ve written your messages, simply pack up and mail your handwritten cards in the envelope provided.
Request Your Kit
The Parkinson’s Cards to Heroes program offers those who struggle with cramped handwriting a chance to practice their handwriting while thanking those on the pandemic frontlines. To learn more and request your kit, click here.