Lenexa, KA (PRWEB) April 19, 2012
The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) will present the prestigious 2012 Shari Finsilver Spirit of Hope Award to Dr. Paul Donohue, whose To Your Health column appears in over 175 newspapers. The award presentation takes place from 7-8:30 PM, Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in West Bloomfield, MI.
Named after the first recipient, the Shari Finsilver Spirit of Hope Award is presented annually to the person that embodies Shari’s spirit and commitment to combating essential tremor (ET), supporting the IETF, and spreading hope to those with ET and their loved ones.
ET, which affects nearly 10 million people in the U.S., is the most common neurological movement disorder, but is frequently misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease. The condition is often characterized by rhythmic, involuntary and uncontrollable shaking of the hands and arms during movement. Sometimes ET can also affect the head, voice, legs and trunk.
Dr. Donohue, whose uncle had essential tremor, addresses questions about ET in his health column regularly and generates widespread awareness of the condition. His support and mention of the IETF as a resource enables thousands of people with ET to contact the organization for free information.
Dr. Donohue has written To Your Health for forty years. He is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University in New Orleans and did advanced work on infectious diseases at the University of California, Davis. After completing medical school, he served two years in the Army Medical Corps and 18 months as battalion surgeon in the 173rd Airborne Brigade during Vietnam. He was awarded two Bronze Stars, one of which was for valor during combat.
About The International Essential Tremor Foundation
Headquartered in Lenexa, Kan., and founded in 1988, the International Essential Tremor Foundation is the leading organization in the world dedicated to helping those affected by essential tremor through awareness, education, support and funding research to identify effective treatments and hopefully, a cure for the condition.
The IETF hosts ongoing community awareness events across the country to build a better understanding of ET and provides those affected with the basic knowledge necessary to become their own advocate when seeking treatment. The Foundation provides support and resources to seven community ambassadors and a nationwide network of 80 local support groups.
Since its inception, the IETF has distributed more than half a million dollars in research grants to fund 12 promising research studies to search for the cause of ET. To learn more about essential tremor, visit the IETF website at http://www.essentialtremor.org.