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PADs for Parkinson’s Demonstration

Date: Aug 14 - Aug 17, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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2019 Fair Demonstration Information

King 5 News Coverage of PADS for Parkinsons

Dogs train in San Juans to sniff out Parkinson's disease 

PADs for Parkinson’s, the program for training dogs to detect Parkinson’s Disease, will hold daily live demonstrations, open to the public, during the San Juan County Fair. Demonstrations will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 14-August 17. Demonstrations will take place in the PADs facility, located on the Fairground property in a mobile home-style trailer by the Dougherty Gate Entrance. Since observation space is limited, ten observers at a time will be allowed in to watch the dogs in action. The dogs will work in rounds, each round will last about five minutes, so wait time to watch the dogs will be short. During a round, you will have the opportunity to watch 5-7 dogs detect Parkinson’s Disease from a series of samples. The dogs will work for as many as four rounds, so there is room for up to 40 observers on each of the mornings during Fair.

You can sign up to watch the dogs do their amazing detection work by stopping by the PADs facility during the Fair from 10 am until 12 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, or email: sanjuanlisa@gmail.com at any time to make a reservation on the observation list.

About PADs for Parkinson’s: PADs, which stands for Parkinson’s Alert Dogs, is the first program of its kind to train and utilize canines to detect Parkinson’s Disease. The program was founded in February of 2016 after research verified that a former nurse in Scotland could smell an odor coming from PD patients. Parkinson’s Disease is a fatal, debilitating disease that afflicts 60,000 Americans per year, and is now expected to outpace Alzheimer’s by 2020. Today, no there is no absolute test for the early detection of Parkinson’s Disease. Early detection, if made possible, could add decades of active life to a patient’s outcome. PADs is the only program in the United States to train dogs for the purpose of early detection of the disease. PADs is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with more than 85% of all donations going directly to support training of the dogs.

You can find out more about PADs at www.padsforparkinsons.org

Contact: Lisa Holt, Director, Canine Detection Program for PADs for Parkinson’s, (360) 298-5494, sanjuanlisa@gmail.com PO Box 2703, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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