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Hollywood North: Vancouver documentary looks at staying positive with Parkinson’s

Bob Kuhn’s upbeat narrative is one of six stories featuring people living with the disorder

BY MARK LEIREN-YOUNG, VANCOUVER SUN www.vancouversun.com

VANCOUVER — The first thing you see on Vancouver lawyer Bob Kuhn’s popular blog is an image of a vibrant rainbow in front of snow capped mountains that looks like it might have been lifted from a website about yoga, kittens or My Little Pony — but the caption where the pot of gold should be reads: “Positively Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s Disease — Challenges and Encouragement.”

“I thought maybe by sharing my struggles and small victories I’d be creating an environment for people to share theirs and feel encouraged,” says Kuhn whose positivity is also featured on screen in a new hour-long documentary, Undefeated — An Intimate Portrait of Parkinson’s, that debuts Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. on Global News BC1 (and will be available on Shaw Cable’s Video On Demand from Sept. 26 to Oct. 31). It will also be featured at the World Parkinson’s Congress in Montreal in October.

Kuhn describes the documentary, by veteran B.C. writer-director-producer Kim Knechtel, as “a labour of love for the Parkinson’s Society of B.C. and for me and for some others, especially Diane Robinson (the society’s CEO, who dreamed up the project).”

Parkinson’s is the second most common chronic degenerative neurological disorder after Alzheimer’s. It is estimated that 11,000 British Columbians and more than 100,000 Canadians live with the disease.

The film shares the stories of a half dozen people with Parkinson’s, including Kuhn.

“It’s intended to reflect the challenges faced by people with Parkinson’s, how they’ve met those challenges with differing degrees of resolute commitment, or faith, or hope, or just courage.”

Kuhn told The Sun he’s hoping the movie will have something for all viewers — whether they have experience with diseases like Parkinson’s or not.

“We can all learn something from people who have these kinds of illnesses.” Read more at http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Hollywood+North+documentary+looks+staying+positive+with+Parkinson/8933084/story.html

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