“Parkinson’s Disease is still treated as a mysterious and frightening ailment in the Philippines and Asia generally. We are fighting hard to make treatment, medication and awareness much more available wherever possible,” Sydney-based Filipino dancer Novy Bereber told PhilSTAR L!fe in an e-mail interview.
The dancer founded Bereber Sayaw PD, a non-profit, non-government organization, in September 2020. The NGO helps people with Parkinson’s disease in different parts of the world. Currently, the group is conducting physical and online sessions for over 200 students from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, US, Australia and the Philippines.
Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness and difficulty with walking, balance and coordination. The disease usually attacks people between the ages of 50 and 69.