April 11, 2021 was World Parkinson’s Day, an event aimed at raising public awareness of this neurodegenerative disease, which to date affects more than 10 million people around the world. On this occasion, Birgitte van Deurs, Duchess of Gloucester, and Mike Tindall, husband of Zara Phillips, spoke by videoconference. Both closely affected by the disease, they first of all wanted to thank all those involved in the fight against Parkinson’s disease, including caregivers, volunteers and researchers. “It’s Parkinson’s Day this Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to thank the caregivers, supporters, researchers, volunteers and charities who do so much for those living with Parkinson’s disease,” said the wife of Prince Richard.
Since 1997, the Duchess of Gloucester has been the godmother of the Parkinson’s UK association, a British organization aimed at funding research into Parkinson’s disease. For his part, the son-in-law of Princess Anne has been a sponsor of the Cure Parkinson association since 2018. He himself is very closely affected by the cause, his father, Philip Tindall, suffering from Parkinson’s for several years. “He’s had five very difficult years,” said the rugby player. “His spine and back are curved and it causes problems with the discs. He can walk from time to time, but he must have a chair,” he added, before emphasizing the impact. The disease has also affected the rest of her family and in particular her mother, who provides her care: “She is told that she does not need to be, but she refuses to abandon her man. try to convince her that’s not what she is doing. “
Mike Tindall follows the royal movement
Very involved in the fight against the disease, Mike Tindall took advantage of his intervention to make the audience aware of the many symptoms likely to evoke Parkinson’s disease. “There are over 50 symptoms. Most people know about tremors, but there are a lot more,” said Mike Tindall, who regularly participates in charities to fund research.
As a reminder, Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease, and can cause many progressive disorders, including slowed movements, tremors and cognitive impairment. It is one of the many diseases that the members of the royal family fight against, who intervene, in the course of their work on behalf of Buckingham, in favor of many economic, societal, medical and environmental causes.
Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips © AGENCY