Monthly Archives: June 2012

Tuesday’s Tip: PDF Champions

Is there a special occasion coming up in your life? Perhaps a wedding, anniversary or birthday? If so, make the celebration special by using it as an opportunity to fight Parkinson’s. Many PDF Champions have used life’s favorite moments to fundraise for the foundation. In lieu of favors consider making a donation on behalf of your guests to PDF or encourage your guests to do the same by forgoing gifts and making a donation to PDF instead.  There is no better way to honor someone with Parkinson’s disease than by donating to Parkinson’s research and The Fitzmorris-Riles Family of Abita Spring,… read more Read More

Protecting the People Who Test New Parkinson’s Treatments

We all want better treatments for Parkinson’s.  Tuesday’s announcement that one of PDF’s Research Centers – Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, IL – received full accreditation from The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) is another step in the right direction. Fewer than 200 institutions around the country are fully or partially accredited by AAHRPP. Before any new treatment, for PD or another condition, is approved it must first be tested in people – in clinical research studies – to ensure it is safe and effective.  The AAHRPP accreditation means that Rush is following… read more Read More

PDF Champions Friday!

Next Friday, June 29 the New York State Education Department, Queens ACCES-VR will be hosting a S.E.F.A Summer Show to benefit PDF!  The PDF Champions concert will feature live music, dancing and a 50/50 raffle. Entertainment will be provided by featured artist Mustang Sammy with music by The New York City Rhythm and Blues Ensemble. Representatives from PDF will be making a pre-event presentation focused on Parkinson’s disease, symptoms, detection, medical treatment and counseling. A PDF information table will be set up in case guests have any questions or need any educational collateral. Here are all the concert details: Date: Friday, June… read more Read More

Shop For A Cause: PDF Champions!

Do you shop at Macy’s? If so, this is the perfect opportunity to shop ’til you drop and support PDF at the same time!  Purchase a $5.00 savings pass through Macy’s Shop for a Cause program and 100 percent of your donation will support Parkinson’s research. Your savings pass can be used at any Macy’s on Saturday, August 25. You’ll save 25 percent all day on regular, sale and clearance items, including home – even save on most brands usually excluded! Save 10 percent on electrics/electronics, watches, furniture, mattresses, and rugs/floor coverings. Exclusions apply. Saving pass holders are also eligible… read more Read More

The Importance of Brain Banks for Neurological Research

Would you consider donating your brain for science? A few years ago, Diana Barnwell wrote an article, entitled, My Last Gift.  She chronicled her decision to donate her brain … and the complicated issues that arose when making her decision.  Studying actual human brains – donated by individuals upon their death, as a contribution to science – is a vital way to understanding neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s.  After all, the brain is the only mysterious organ that we can’t study during a person’s lifetime. This is why it was so devastating to scientists around the world, particularly those at… read more Read More

Friday’s Tip: PDF Champions

Obtaining in-kind donation(s) for your PDF Champions event can make all the difference! In-kind donations can help increase the amount you are able to donate to Parkinson’s research by keeping your expenses down. In-kind donations are those donations that are done in goods and services rather than monetarily. Start by brainstorming.  The easiest way is to make a list of all your PDF Champions event expenses. Take a look and see what items you could potentially have donated. Here are some examples: food, beverages, rental fees, printing, basic supplies, etc. Identify one sponsor that you can approach.  Inside your PDF… read more Read More