Monthly Archives: March 2012

PDF Champions Friday!

PDF CHAMPIONS FRIDAY Surprise… Happy 60th Birthday to Gary Chard from Wilmington, DE!  There is no better way to celebrate your birthday than with a surprise party thrown by family and friends – – while fundraising for PDF at the same time! At the beginning of the year, Gary’s wife Beth Ann came to PDF with the fantastic idea of turning Gary’s special ‘secret’ bash into a PDF Champions fundraising event http://www.pdf.org/en/pdf_champion. Gary was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2008 at the age of 56. Together Gary and Beth Ann have been extremely involved in the Parkinson’s community. Gary presents… read more Read More

Thursday’s Tip: PDF Champions

Youngsters can be the best fundraisers! Who needs a fundraising tip or two? Here are a few unique ideas to get your children or grandchildren involved in the fight against Parkinson’s disease… School Read-A-Thon: First request the support of your local school (s) or PTA organization. Once you have the go ahead, students can ask family, friends and neighbors to sponsor them for every book they read. As an incentive, students can win small prizes (either bought or donated) depending on how many books they have completed! This is a great way to get children involved; encouraging them to read… read more Read More

Celebrate Spring: PDF Champions

Come Celebrate Spring with PDF! The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) and the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s committee invite you to Celebrate Spring http://www.pdf.org/en/celebrate_spring, an evening of cocktails, dancing, live auction, hors d’oeuvres and dessert to benefit PDF’s research programs. Here are all the details: Wednesday, April 4
 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM LAVO, 39 East 58th Street, New York, NY For tickets visit http://www.pdf.org/en/celebrate_spring. Entertainment: Music by DJ Brenda Black New to this year’s event is a live auction hosted by Kathleen Guzman from Heritage Auction. Items include: 4 days/3 nights in Budapest, Hungary; Fishers Island Club… read more Read More

Tuesday’s Tip: PDF Champions

Coffee Anyone? Fundraising for Parkinson’s disease can be as simple as using your everyday contacts for support. Just like myself, I know you frequent your local coffee shop more than you would like to admit. Be sure to take advantage of this special relationship in your efforts. Ask the shop manager or head barista if you can set up a donation container to collect spare change for your PDF Champions fundraiser or if you can display your event signage in the shop. Decorate it with green and yellow (PDF’s colors), quotes or pictures to really catch people’s attention. You can… read more Read More

Run for PDF!

Are you a runner looking for your next big race? Interested in completed a 26.2 to support Parkinson’s disease research? Well, you are in luck! PDF has six valuable entries into the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, day, October 28 in Arlington, VA! To make you aware of just how valuable these six entries are … last week’s registration marked the fastest sellout in the history of marathon events, the Marine Corps Marathon sold out 30,000 available online entries in 2 hours, 41 minutes, beating the previous registration record of eight hours for the 2011 Boston Marathon. So, the… read more Read More

Notes from a Day Spent Listening to Scientists Judging PDF Research Applications

Last Friday, March 16, was the occasion for reviewing applications for PDF’s International Research Grants program and Research Fellowships programs. Before us were some 30 proposals from some of the best young (and not-so-young) scientific investigators in the world. As I sat there in the meeting as an observer, listening to the members of our scientific review committee as they made their comments and pronounced their judgments, I found myself scribbling notes on what seemed to be the principles on which they were basing their decisions. What they were saying, it seemed to me, said a lot about how we… read more Read More