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Published October 18, 2013, 11:04 AM

Maddock Native’s Artwork Featured in Parkinson’s Charity Calendar Second Straight Year

New York, NY, October 18, 2013 — For the second straight year, Maddock, ND, native Merle McCloud (Cruser’s) artwork has been selected to appear in the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s (PDF) 2013 Creativity and Parkinson’s calendar. Her acrylic painting “Winter Fun” is featured for the month of December in the nationally-distributed charity calendar which helps to raise awareness of Parkinson's and inspire others.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

New York, NY, October 18, 2013 — For the second straight year, Maddock, ND, native Merle McCloud (Cruser’s) artwork has been selected to appear in the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s (PDF) 2013 Creativity and Parkinson’s calendar. Her acrylic painting “Winter Fun” is featured for the month of December in the nationally-distributed charity calendar which helps to raise awareness of Parkinson's and inspire others.

Ms. McCloud (Cruser) is a professional artist, who has had a love of art since her youth. She is also known for her decorative crafts, especially during her time as an assistant Girl Scout leader when her children were younger. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 15 years ago, she not only found a greater appreciation for working with acrylic paints, but an outlet to express herself while living with Parkinson’s.

“It’s wonderful to be recognized in the calendar and definitely makes me want to paint even more. Painting lets me know that I can still do something positive even though I live with Parkinson’s disease. It is like therapy more than anything else,” she says.

Ms. McCloud (Cruser) soon found she was not alone in this sentiment. More than 300 other people with Parkinson’s have participated in PDF’s Creativity and Parkinson’s Project. Ms. McCloud (Cruser’s) playful acrylic painting of a family and friends ice skating, was chosen among these individuals to be featured in PDF’s annual print calendar, which is distributed nationwide to nearly 20,000 people.

PDF President Robin Anthony Elliott said, “We thank Ms. McCloud (Cruser) for her contributions to the Creativity and Parkinson’s Project, which explores, supports and encourages the therapeutic value of creativity in Parkinson's. Her works, the other 12 featured in the calendar and the more than 300 in our online gallery, are a source of inspiration and hope to others affected by Parkinson’s disease.”

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