For Social Service Groups & Religious Institutions

Olivia was one of the recipients who smiled all day. Her quilt was made by Joanne Shapp of Pomfret, Vermont.
Olivia was one of the recipients who smiled all day. Her quilt was made by Joanne Shapp of Pomfret, Vermont.

Parkinson’s disease affects more than one million people in the U.S. Every year, more than 60,000 new cases are diagnosed. And many people are never diagnosed.

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disorder. Currently, the exact cause is unknown, and there is no cure.

Chances are, you know someone with Parkinson’s disease or someone who is caring for a family member.

A daughter wraps her father in a quilt by Bob Johnson
A daughter wraps her father in a quilt by Bob Johnson

I started the Parkinson’s Comfort Project in 2011 after both of my parents died of complications of Parkinson’s disease. The Project began when my mother, Marcia Hakala, asked me to make her a small quilt that wouldn’t weigh her down when she rolled over in bed.

In the years since, the Parkinson’s Comfort Project has been gifted with over 400 handmade quilts created by people all over the U.S. We distribute these incredible gifts through symposiums on Parkinson’s disease hosted by medical institutions in New England, through Parkinson’s support groups, through individual requests, and through our website.

This colorful creation was made by quilter Nina Klinck.
This colorful creation was made by quilter Nina Klinck.

I also spend time speaking to social service groups and religious institutions about our work, sharing information about Parkinson’s disease and the impact our incredible gifts make. And I always bring colorful quilts to show. Believe me, once you’ve had one of these beauties wrapped around your shoulders, you’ll understand how powerful they are.

I would love to visit your group to share my experiences. Please drop me an email to get our conversation started at: Sonja@SonjaHakala.com

Another Bob Johnson special quilt.
Another Bob Johnson special quilt.

Author of the Carding, Vermont novels, quilt books, and book publishing guides.

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