Patients with Parkinson's disease played chess on the World Parkinson's Disease Day
Chapter 4 Bulgaria organized a special event for the World Parkinson's Disease Day. On the 11th of April a symbolic game of chess in Sofia was organized as part of an informative campaign in support of the patients with the disease. The initiative is supported by the National organization of patients, suffering from late stages of Parkinson’s and the National alliance of people, suffering from rare diseases and is supported by the biopharmaceutical company Abbvie.
The world day was held with the motto “Every move matters” and the symbol chosen was the game of chess, which requires fine movements of the hands and strategic thinking – activities that might be extremely difficult for people, suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The aim of the organizers was to spread a message that with adequate and timely care the patients can live a fulfilled life without being deprived from their favorite activities.
The National Organization of Patients of Late Parkinson's is an association of patients and their families. The underlying goal of the organization is to protect the rights of patients from late Parkinson's. The National Alliance of People with Rare Diseases is a non-governmental organization committed to the problems of people suffering from rare diseases. Through its activities, it seeks to raise public awareness of the needs of people with rare diseases. The initiative was also supported by the Bulgarian Medical Association. Among the guests there were representatives of other health institutions, doctors and patients and their families.