Although the development of an accurate, national registry is being advocated at the legislative level (H.R.1362/S.1273), it is unkwn how many people have Parkinson's Disease. The web site of The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research reasonably states: Estimates of the number of people living with the disease therefore vary, but recent research indicates that at least one million people in the United States... have Parkinson's. One In A Million is the story of a daughter's five years spent helping one of them... her joyful, fun-loving mother. With a surprising twist near the story's end, the moving memoir is written with the hope of promoting awareness of Parkinson's, which in turn could help foster continuing research and, ultimately, a cure.
Mary Jacobson is the author of Chesta's Way, a book-as-fundraiser for the Washington State 4-H Foundation. Mary is a longtime resident of Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, Washington.