At the WPC 2013 Opening Ceremony we were thrilled to announce the Grand Prize winner of both the WPC 2013 Video Competition and the People's Choice Award to Smaller: A Poem About Parkinson's by Andy McDowell (New Zealand)!
Andy's submission was not only chosen as the Video Competition judges but also by the public for the People's Choice Award!
The First Prize Winner is Power Forward by Brian Grant (USA) and the Second Prize winners are To the Givers of Care by Larry Schneider Jr. (USA) and Something Inside So Strong by Margaret Mullarney (Ireland).
If you would like to watch the Top 12 videos, just click on the respective image below. You can view the Honorary Mentions and our other submissions on our YouTube page.
We want to thank everyone who took part in creating or acting in one of these videos. When combined, these videos add a tremendous amount of awareness about Parkinson's globally and help elevate the dialogue about PD and what it's like to live with it and/or care for someone living with it. Every story adds value to the ongoing discourse about Parkinson's.
For this effort, we applaud and thank all submitters for having the courage to tell us their stories.
WPC Video Review Committee
Top 12 Videos
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| Smaller: A Poem About Parkinson's by Andy McDowell|
| Change Your Brain by |
|Grand Prize AND People's Choice Award Winner|
|This film was based on a
poem I wrote 6 months after being diagnosed at the age of 43. I created
it to help my two girls understand what was happening to me - and
involving my eldest Lily (7) in the production was an amazing way to connect
the dots. |
The defining message of the poem is that whilst Parkinson's has forever made me
"smaller” in a physical sense I still have choice over the rest of my world.
In a strange way PD requires me to be "bigger” to still be me and, whilst I
can’t speak for everyone, that seems to strike a chord.
|Pop, Lock and Tremor by |
|Power Forward by |
|First Prize Winner|
at 39 with Parkinson's, "Pop, Lock and Tremor" is the true story of
(actor/dancer/family man) Darren Howarth's initial struggle to come to terms
with the degenerative disease and his subsequent resolve to carry on living
About the Filmmaker:
Using the medium of film to bring awareness, Darren Howarth creatively gives us
just a glimpse into what is to become a captivating and courageous feature film
based on his own true story of love, denial, betrayal, bravery and success.
The story continues...
the morning of August 21st, 2012, former NBA Rookie All Star Brian
Grant and 5 others with Parkinson’s disease set out to climb 8,365 feet to the
summit of Mount Saint Helens. Share in their journey as they power forward to
reach the top and prove to the world that people with Parkinson’s can live life
to the fullest.
| Telling the tales to live by |
|To the Givers of Care by |
Larry Schneider Jr.
|Second Prize Winner|
I was diagnosed
with Parkinson's and cancer. I want to show you my philosophy in this short
film made by B.Colarič. Despite these diagnoses I feel the life is beautiful
and gives me many challenges such as stage management, writing novels, reading,
- that's my pseudonym. One of my novels is titled THE CRYSTALLINE LACE (TELLING
THE TALES TO LIVE). "Into swirls of prose, dazing bends of steps going
upwards, inwards, into oneself, she ties the sensitive tenor of a man
constantly embracing… The breaths of her novels are silent calls for life.” (by
A heartfelt "thank you" to the people who love,
support and tend to the people with any encumbrance. It is a very sobering
reality, being diagnosed with a disease/condition and even more so when you
realize how it effects those that are closest to you.
|Planting Hope by |
Sofia Lahmann Guiterrez
|Secret Shames & Parkinson's Perils by Heather MacTavish|
|This film is a tribute to my mom (Sonia Guiterrez), who was
diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2010. The illness has not stopped her
from enjoying her life and spreading love, hope and happiness to all around
The tulip is the symbol of Parkinson's Disease. We have used it in this film as
a metaphor of rediscovering yourself after being diagnosed with Parkinson's.
Our aim with this film is to bring hope to other patients and their
Diagnosed with PD 19 years ago,
my greatest coping strategy is to enhance the creative aspects of my life,
primarily with writing, video editing, and music. With the same goal, my book,
Songs, Science & Spirit uses stories to provide knowledge and insight
to those who bring programs to individuals with challenges.
Canadian born, I was challenged
to turn my story about incontinence into a video for the competition. My goal
was to provide humour and a basis for information and discussion of a "taboo”
subject. My other goal was to return to Montreal to eat smoked meat
| Parkinson au jour le jour by |
|Something Inside So Strong by |
|Second Prize Winner|
Nous avons voulu illustrer quelques-uns des
obstacles rencontrés par les personnes atteintes de la maladie de Parkinson et fournir
des exemples d’attitudes aidantes pour limiter ces difficultés. Aux expressions
figées, à la perte de dextérité fine, aux raideurs musculaires, nous répliquons
en adoptant des exercices appropriés. Pour contrer l’isolement et la
souffrance, nous nous tournons vers le soutien et l’amitié de notre entourage. Au-delà
de l’espoir d’une guérison, nous croyons à la nécessité de recourir à tous les
moyens pour réduire les symptômes et combattre cette terrible maladie. Cette vidéo transmet l’espoir qui
We wanted to illustrate some of the obstacles faced by people with Parkinson's disease and provide examples of helpful attitudes to reduce these difficulties. To fixed
expressions, loss of fine
dexterity, muscle stiffness, we
replicate by adopting appropriate exercises. To counter the isolation and suffering, we turn to the support
and friendship of those around
us. Beyond hope of recovery, we believe in the need to use all means to reduce
the symptoms and fight this
terrible disease. This video conveys
the hope within us.
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|A Physiotherapist's Journey with Parkinson's Disease by |
|With Grace by |
|Shown at the Opening Ceremony|
I made this video to educate the public
that healthcare professionals are not immune to devastating diseases like
Parkinson’s and that they, too, experience human reactions like grief and
terror. I want the world to know the history of Parkinson’s disease in simple
language everyone can understand. I want the world to see that it is not just
an "old person’s disease. I want the
world to understand how quickly life changes when one gets a diagnosis of PD.
I felt the need to demonstrate that PWP
can, and are, fighting the disease with incredible strength, using their own
particular life skills to empower themselves and each other.
The video is meant to inspire PWP to
overcome adversities, have hope, get involved and advocate for ourselves. We
need to unify, to support each other, and
to work together to find better treatments and, ultimately, a cure.
No one should be alone fighting
Parkinson’s. Together, we will have a better quality of life. Together we will
I started off wanting to make a duet between a dancer (myself)
and another figure who simultaneously suggested an angel, a caregiver, a guide,
a mate. After I made the dance, it seemed too abstract by itself.
So I decided to add text, and the piece took on the feeling of a more singular
relationship - a couple dealing with PD. But I hope echoes of the angel remain.
Many of us who struggle with PD are the recipients of guidance and support that
can sometimes seem divine, even when it is embodied in the earthly presences we
know most closely. They are often the vehicles or enablers of grace, helping us
to recognize the gifts which misfortune can bring and to reach for a spiritual
poise that is the best part of ourselves.
Honorary Mentions (in alphabetical order) -
Please view these by visiting our YouTube page and looking for the WPC 2013 Submission
Glenna Batson, USA with Coming Together - Dance Improvisation and Parkinson's Disease
Ero Bresolin, UK with Individuality - A Parky Cocktail
Jean Burns, USA with Vignettes of Daily Life with PD and PD, Creativity and Me
Lori Campbell, USA with Rerouted by PD
Fulvio Capitanio, Spain with Tempus fugit
Leslie Davidson, Canada with Parken Shtick
Pat Davies, USA with Patrick's Story
Whit Deschner, USA with Help Lick Parkinson's
John Dickie, Canada with Skywalkers, Mystics and Dreamers
Randy Dittmar, Canada with Outwitting Parkinson's Disease
Kow Keang Ea, Malaysia with Why
Valerie Graham, USA with My Letter to Dear Abi
Bin Hu, Canada with Abi
Jeffrey Keefer, USA with Carpe Diem... Hope through Science
Simon Laverick, UK with Never Give In
Renee Le Verrier, USA with Feet at Work
Anders Leines, Norway with The Soup
Jessie Lyle, USA with Three Poems and a Few Thoughts on PD and Creativity
Pauline Mahady, Ireland with Parkinson's Awareness
Jewell Mohn, USA with Chronic and Progressive
Ron Olsen, USA with Parkinson's Living with a Monster
Ric Peterson, Canada with Niska
Carolyn Pletsch, Canada with 350 words
Pamela Quinn, USA with Bittersweet
Lindsay Richeter, Canada with Intellectus
Jacques Seguin, Canada with How I choose to Live with It
Carolina Segura, Columbia with Living with Parkinson's - One Reason
Corry Sobol, Canada with Come Sing This Song with Me
Margaret Rae Tennant, USA with Better on the Bike
Gary Turchin, USA with Grappling with having fallen out of favor with the flowers
Edina Udvarhelyi, Hungary with Hungarian Life with Parkinson's
Patricia Vurdelia, USA with Can Not...Can
Martha Walker, USA with Ode to an Illness
Sacha Whitehead, Australia with To have a purpose
Houston Area Parkinson Society, USA with I am the face of Parkinson's