Our Personal Parkinson’s Awareness Symbol – Haddie: Age 5
As Parkinson’s Awareness Month comes to a close, I wanted to share our families tribute to this Parkinson’s symbol. The elegant long-stemmed, tea-cup shaped blossomed tulip is the universal sign for Parkinson’s. Last fall Hadley and I planted our “crop”. Paying tribute to her father, hoping for a few to be spared by squirrels, take root and bloom. We hadn’t noticed any signs that the fruits of our labor were successful until very recent and then our eyes were graced with the most spectacular sight we could imagine. Not known for having a green thumb as both sets of grandmothers do, we were overly delighted.
The story of the Parkinson Tulip began in 1980 in the Netherlands when J.W.S. Van der Wereld, a Dutch horticulturalist who had Parkinson’s disease, developed a special tulip. Van der Wereld named his prized cultivar, the ‘Dr. James Parkinson‘ tulip to honor the man who first described his medical condition and his contributions.
The three petals symbolize love, hope and fight. So this spring as you tiptoe through the tulips and admire the beauty of these perennials, please know there are millions fighting this disease, many more families and friends hoping for answers and all in the name of love. Maybe, just maybe it will inspire you to plant these special tulips for someone you love too.