Stephen has pledged his support to the charity Parkinson’s UK’s We Won’t Wait campaign, calling for urgent action to unlock the promise of research developments that could pave the way to better treatments and stop Parkinson’s drugs ‘falling behind’.
Speaking at the launch Parkinson’s Awareness Week, Stephen said: “While great strides have been made over the past 200 years, people with Parkinson’s are still waiting for a treatment that can tackle the condition head on. Because of this, I am supporting Parkinson’s UK’s We Won’t Wait campaign: we need a complete step change to deliver better treatments and a cure faster.”
Research released by the charity revealed that despite being an incurable, degenerative condition which can affect anyone, in London:
- More than half (57%) of people are unsure, or wrongly say that it is possible to prevent Parkinson’s.
- Four in five (83%) are unsure, or incorrectly think that there is no limit to the amount of time Parkinson’s medication works for.
- Three in five (59%) wrongly believe that Parkinson’s medication does more than mask or ease the symptoms of the condition.
Parkinson’s UK wants to drive forward crucial developments in Parkinson’s research to pioneer more effective treatments that are desperately needed for the estimated 12,000 living with the condition in London.
Commenting on Stephen's pledge, Steve Ford, Chief Executive at Parkinson’s UK said: “We are delighted that Stephen is supporting our crucial campaign to transform research so that people with Parkinson’s have access to new and better treatments that will improve their lives and, ultimately, a cure for this cruel condition.”