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It was almost exactly two years ago when 77-year-old Harold Schultz was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

He wasn’t sure if the tremors in his hands and changes in his handwriting were from old age or from something more serious, and his family physician wasn’t certain either – so Harold saw neurologist Dr. Ali Rajput.

Harold says he initially was alarmed with the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease: "My greatest concern was anxiety about the future," he recalls. "Now I’ve come to accept it and am working really hard at staying physically fit, and the medication helps, too. I’ve been fortunate the disease hasn’t progressed rapidly."

Harold also feels reassured by seeing someone as competent as Dr. Rajput for diagnosis and consultations, and he thinks it’s very important Dr. Rajput is involved in active research around Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Rajput, his son Dr. Alex Rajput, and their team are engaged in world-recognized research into the causes and cures of Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. Last year, an international team that included the Drs. Rajput discovered in Saskatchewan Mennonite families an abnormal gene that leads to Parkinson's disease.

"This discovery paves the way for further research to determine the nature of brain abnormalities which this gene defect produces," says Dr. Ali Rajput. "It also promises to help us find ways to detect Parkinson's disease early, and to develop drugs which will one day halt the progression of the disease."

Harold says he’s strongly hopeful that the day a cure is found is in the near future, and in the meantime hopes that others will join him in supporting the research of Drs. Rajput through the Dr. Ali Rajput Endowment for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Research.

Until that day Harold remains very active, exercising at the Saskatoon Field House three times a week and, weather permitting, enjoying golf and visiting his cottage in northeastern Saskatchewan.

"I’ve also recently taken up bowling, and it’s definitely harder than it looks," he chuckles.

For more information about endowments at Royal University Hospital or how to donate, please click here or contact Lisa Laskowski, Director of Development, at 306-655-6530 or by email.





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