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Jordan Luck speaks out on Parkinson’s Disease

Jordan Luck speaks out on Parkinson’s Disease

Kiwi pop legend Jordan Luck has become a special Ambassador for Parkinson’s New Zealand, the organisation that provides education, information and support for New Zealanders living with Parkinson’s. His mission is to lift public awareness of Parkinson’s.

’I am really pleased to be able to become involved in supporting people living with Parkinson’s. I hope that I can add to the brilliant work Parkinson’s New Zealand does,’  Jordan says

In May this year announced as the first inductee into New Zealand music’s Hall of Fame, Jordan is perhaps best known as the singer of the hugely popular band The Exponents (formerly Dance Exponents). The Exponents’ most popular tracks from the 1980s and 1990s include classics such as Who Loves Who The Most?, Victoria and Why Does Love Do This To Me?’.

Known for his high energy performances, a distinctive husky-edged voice and more than occasional stage antics, Jordan’s serious side comes through when he talks about Parkinson’s.

‘Through my own family’s experience I have an understanding of how this affects other New Zealand families.  Many people know about the most common symptoms like tremor and slow movement, but Parkinson’s can affect all sorts of everyday things most of us take for granted even singing, laughing and emotions. For my dad, losing the ability to continue his usual active lifestyle was distressing. He loved his teaching job and was heartbroken when ask to resign after showing early signs…a shaking hand at the chalkboard.’

Parkinson’s National Director, Deirdre O’Sullivan, is thrilled to welcome Jordan to the role of Ambassador.

‘Having on board a Kiwi icon like Jordan, who’s known for his passion and zest, and who has a real interest in, and caring for, people affected by Parkinson’s is amazing for us. He will help us increase people’s understanding of this neurological condition that over 9000 New Zealanders face every day of their lives.’

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