Daughter of Parkinson's sufferer to attend conference (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Parkinson's UK volunteer Jenny Pearce, of Walthamstow, will attend the World Parkinson's Congress in Montreal next week
A charity worker inspired by her father’s experience of Parkinson’s is heading across the Atlantic to help others with the disease live better lives.
Jenny Pearce, of Matlock Road in Walthamstow, will travel to Montreal for the World Parkinson’s Congress on Tuesday.
There she will hear experts discuss the latest research into the condition and new treatments.
Ms Pearce's father, Ken, was diagnosed in 2001 at the age of 68, when she was just 17, and the condition has been a huge part of her life, even influencing her to choose a career geared towards helping others.
She works in a community fundraising team supporting those raising money for worthy causes.
The 29-year-old said: “I would love there to be a cure, but research and treatment takes a long time, so I’m going to let people know what they can do to get the best quality of life in the here and now.
“I’ll be tapping into all of that knowledge in Montreal and making sure people in Waltham Forest and the wider UK have it, hoping that their lives will improve, like I hope my dad’s will.”
Jenny volunteers at UK Parkinson’s, the nation’s support and research charity, and helps at Parkinson's UK support branch in Waltham Forest, which is based in Chingford.
At the congress she will help at the Parkinson's UK stall and attend talks delivered by top scientists.
“We’re all united by this one condition and hoping to make a brighter future,” she said.
The charity says one in 500 people in the UK have Parkinson’s.