Monthly Archives: April 2012

PDF Champions Friday!

Tomorrow, PDF Champion Jennifer Neathery will be running 26.2 miles in the St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville, TN all to benefit Parkinson’s disease research! Ms. Neathery, an avid runner, was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease seven years ago at 32. Despite her Parkinson’s symptoms, she decided to partake in the run to challenge herself and prove to others that Parkinson’s doesn’t mean “giving up being active and living a good life.” Please take a moment to check out Jennifer’s story featured on the Alabama Local News webpage.  Thank you for making a difference in the fight against Parkinson’s… read more Read More

Afternoon Tea: PDF Champions

Tea, anyone? On Saturday, April 21, PDF Champion Linda Habenstreit held an afternoon tea and jewelry sale to benefit Parkinson’s research at her home in Springfield, VA. Linda encouraged her friends and family to purchase a piece of jewelry at afternoon tea all in the name of finding a cure for Parkinson’s. Linda raised $700 in total! Congratulations on a successful event, Linda! Photo taken at afternoon tea. From left to right are: Linda Habenstreit (holding Dodie), Ghislaine Sonies, Donna Groves, and Nancy Benjamin (holding Theo). Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!

Wednesday Picture Day: PDF Champions

A special thank you goes out to Linda Morgan for raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease this April! Linda is a member of PDF’s People With Parkinson’s Advisory Council (PPAC) and a dedicated PDF Research Advocate. On Monday, April 23, Linda hosted a screening of the film Just Around the Corner at her local movie theater in Asheville, NC, followed by a question and answer session with a panel of people with Parkinson’s. The documentary by Flat Broke Productions follows the story of Bob Benjamin, a music industry veteran and founder of the Light of Day Foundation, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s… read more Read More

Congratulations to Brooklyn Sports Club: PDF Champions

I wanted to follow up on a very special event that was highlighted a few weeks ago on the PDF Champions blog. Aqua-Thon: Splash for a Cause hosted by Brooklyn Sports Club under the direction of Aquatics Director, Michael Hornung. The Aqua-Thon was held this past Saturday, April 21 and was a great success! The Aqua-Thon included a gentle swim, aqua aerobics, aqua Zumba, children’s swim, raffles, games, informational materials about Parkinson’s disease, food and music! Donation cards were also sold and displayed for all to see. The event raised over $3,100 for Parkinson’s research! Eddie Pelto, PDF’s Director of Development, had… read more Read More

PDF Champions Friday!

Walk to Fight Parkinson’s Best of luck to PDF Champion Mallory Hiltz on her 5K Walk/Run for Parkinson’s this Saturday, April 21, at Brady’s Run Park in Beaver, PA!  Proceeds from the walk will benefit PDF. As part of PDF Champions Campus Challenge program, Mallory and a few of her classmates from Community College of Beaver County have worked tirelessly on the walk to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s disease! If you live near Beaver County, PA please be sure to stop by the event to show Mallory support! Here are all the details: Date: Saturday, April 21 Time: 8:30… read more Read More

PDF Champions: Recognizing Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Recognizing Parkinson’s Awareness Month Parkinson’s advocate and PDF Champion, Linda Giorgilli Rice, has dedicated herself to educating her community about Parkinson’s disease and fundraising for a cure.  Through Linda’s hard work, she was able to receive a proclamation from the City of Tampa declaring April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month. She has also been busy writing a book about her experience caring for her late father who lived with Parkinson’s and was even interviewed by NBC 8 in Tampa. Please check out Linda’s interview below. Watch this at Tampa Bay Online