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Berks man an advocate for people with Parkinson's disease

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Berks man an advocate for people with Parkinson's disease

Berks man an advocate for people with Parkinson's disease

Former Pennsylvania Gov.

Ed Rendell said he's been living with Parkinson's disease for the last three-and-a-half years.

Administration started charging parents who cross the border with crimes in april.

>>>rob vaughn: former pennsylvania governor ed rendell is battling parkinson's disease.

He announced his battle today, and a berks county man says he hopes the announcement helps raise awareness.

Wfmz's jim vasil has the story.

>>ed rendell "look, it's not a death sentence."

>>reporter: former pennsylvania governor ed rendell says he's been living with parkinson's disease for the last three and a half years.

>>nat >>reporter the announcement from the tw?term governor and former mayor of philadelphia... greeted with applause by his supporters who gathered at the university of pennsylvania hospital.

Rendell said he wanted to go public to raise awareness.

>>ed rendell "i always viewed myself as indestructible."

>>reporter: he says his disease has stabilized thanks to vigorous physical therapy and medication.

Parkinson's impacts around a million families in the ?s, including the family of ralph blatt of muhlenberg township.

His wife, barbara, lived with parkinson's for 24 years.

She passed away in 2016.

>>ralph blatt "it's debilitating.

It's chronic" >>ralph blatt "it was a very subtle movement of the hand."

>>reporter blatt once ran a parkinson's support group in berks county.

The group is now run by reading hospital.

Blatt says the group meets the second monday of every month.

He says berks has at least 150 families affected by the disease.

>>ralph blatt "we get about 35 to 50 people at each meeting, patient and caregiver."

>>ralph blatt "first thing i tell them is it's not a death sentence."

>>reporter blatt's




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