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Jessica's Project:…

On April 25, 250 students will be present for a Parkinson’s disease awareness event where 150 students present to give back
Jessica's Project

Jessica's Project: Parkinson's Disease Awareness

The lineup of Jessica’s Project Season Five activities at St. Philip's College includes quite a bit more than an event record 250 college students and many local residents hosting a Parkinson’s disease awareness event April 25 from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Morgan Gallery of the college's Watson Fine Arts Center at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive. New-for-2017, event participants will include 110 high school students, with Brackenridge represented by 80 students and Fox Tech represented by 30 students.

On April 25, a combined 360 students will be present for a Parkinson’s disease awareness event where 150 students present to give back and learn is the norm, part of the college's growing larger commitment to transforming socio-economic-educational conditions for residents surrounding its main campus. Community partners in the prevention event include Dr. Marcel M. Daadi, associate scientist and director of stem cells and regenerative medicine at the Southwest National Primate Research Center of Texas Biomedical Research Institute. The local Parkinson’s disease patient who is a research subject in the event is Filemon Vazquez (a Spanish-only speaker) who is the grandfather of college anatomy and physiology dual concentration student Diana Torres. Torres enrolled Vazquez in the project because her grandfather may not have insurance nor funding for medications. Guests are welcome to observe presentations during the April 25 event http://www.alamo.edu/spc/jessicasproject/.

“Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disorder in the U.S. There are no proven strategies for preventing it or slowing its progression, and I knew we had Parkinson’s effecting people around our campus. This is an opportunity for students to help, and our students are fundraising online to help Mr. Vazquez and the Parkinson’s Association,” Nfor explained. For details on the program, contact Nfor at (210) 486-2754 or snfor@alamo.edu.

About Jessica’s Project: Jessica's Project is a five-year-old civic engagement program with a series of annual classroom events that have engaged the community with hundreds of students in St. Philip's College’s nutrition, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, biology and health sciences classes to address a health issue through an evidence-based program. Past projects have addressed ulcerative colitis (2015), teen and unplanned pregnancy (2012-2016), undiagnosed diseases (2013), spina bifida, cardiovascular health, celiac disease, gastroparesis, Crohn's disease, HIV/AIDS, diabetes (2016) and stroke (2017). The project draws its current name from the first child whom the students collaborated with, who suffered from Celiac disease. She inspired an instructor at the college to develop an evidence-based classroom project to raise awareness by students and members of the community. For details on participating in the program as an observer, subject or community partner, contact college biology faculty member Dr. Solomon Nfor at (210) 486-2754 or snfor@alamo.edu.

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