October 2, 2013

World Parkinson Congress Begins in Montreal, Canada

It's good to be back in Montreal, a favorite city. I'm here for the four-day World Parkinson Congress. Believe it or not, this is my hotel room at the Intercontinental -- a corner location on the 22nd floor:


I look out the window of my room and see this:


The Montreal Convention Centre is gigantic . . .


. . . with impressive escalators:


There are many sessions devoted to many topics . . .


. . . including "Attempts to Find Neuroprotection on PD"


Welcome ceremonies occured in the vast hall:


A. Jon Stoessl played Emcee:


We heard about some key events in the life of the World Parkinson Congress:


Robert Kuhn, WPC Ambassador, lawyer, blogger, and PWP, gave an emotional talk. Here he is at the podium with his friend "Parky":


Daniel Bissonnette, Montreal's Film Commissioner and caregiver to his wife who has PD, introduced the winner of the video competition (more on that later):


Tim Hague, Sr. recently won "The Amazing Race Canada" with his son Tim Hague, Jr. The older man is a registered nurse and PWP, who persevered to win the grueling competition.
  

Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, a superb choir of men and boys, brought the opening ceremony to a close. As they sang, I thought, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if science found a solution, and none of these kids had to deal with Parkinson's?" Here are just a few of the young singers:


As I walked back to my hotel through the old city, it was a treat to see the Notre-Dame Basilica, dramatically illuminated:













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