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Warner, Kaine applaud Parkinson’s disease bill passage

Virginia’s U.S. senators on Friday applauded the Senate’s passage of a bill that would create a national plan to combat Parkinson’s and related diseases.

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both Democrats, sponsored the bill, which is named for Dr. Emmanuel Bilirakis and U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton, Democrat from the 10th District. Wexton shared her diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease last year. The diagnosis has since been upgraded to progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare and incurable brain disorder that rapidly deteriorates mobility and speech.

The senators called Wexton “a model of grace and perseverance in the face of a difficult diagnosis.”

The measure had previously passed the House and now goes to the president’s desk for his consideration.

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