Yearly Archives: 2012

Letter from the Executive Director: Fall 2012

Dear Friends: In the introductory notes that I write for each quarterly newsletter of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, I try to identify common themes that thread through our various articles. And now we are posting these themes on the PDF blog, so you can let us know your thoughts. In the Fall 2012 issue of News & Review (found on the PDF website here) the theme is rather clear … and reflects a central commitment that PDF makes to the people we serve.   The theme is “improving the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s.” Such a broad… read more Read More

PDF Champion Does Makeup

Join us in welcoming our newest PDF Champion, Stacey Catapano! Stacey will be hosting a Grand Opening and Cocktail Party at her makeup studio, Brooklyn Makeup Studio in Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, September 20, to benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. The event is sponsored by BELLA Magazine and Sovereign Mercedes Benz and will feature complimentary makeovers; a free gift with any purchase and a one year subscription to BELLA Magazine; over $1,000 in raffle prizes; guest vendors with beautiful fall accessories; food; cocktails; and more! A portion of all sales and 100 percent of all raffle sales will benefit PDF!  If you… read more Read More

Guest Blog: Stroke Story Has Implications for Parkinson’s Treatment

Therapy is most effective when it addresses an individual’s passion  By Ken AidekmanPaul West is a professor of English and comparative literature and a prodigious writer of both fiction and non-fiction books. His entire life revolves around words. But, in 2003 he suffered a massive stroke that left him with global aphasia, a condition that rendered him unable to understand words or produce them. His wife, Diane Ackerson, also an author and poet, tells the story of West’s bumpy road to recovery in her book One Hundred Names for Love. Upon his emergence from critical care, West was faced with… read more Read More

Guest Blog: Stroke Story Has Implications for Parkinson’s Treatment

Therapy is most effective when it addresses an individual’s passionBy Ken Aidekman Paul West is a professor of English and comparative literature and a prodigious writer of both fiction and non-fiction books. His entire life revolves around words. But, in 2003 he suffered a massive stroke that left him with global aphasia, a condition that rendered him unable to understand words or produce them. His wife, Diane Ackerson, also an author and poet, tells the story of West’s bumpy road to recovery in her book “One Hundred Names for Love.” Upon his emergence from critical care, West was faced with… read more Read More

PAIRing up for Research: The Importance of Saying Thank You

Last week, we were excited to see a great example of pairing up (the slogan for our Parkinson’s Advocates in Research, or “PAIR” program) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). In an article entitled, “Events honor early patients of novel Parkinson’s study,” VUMC reports on their study of deep brain stimulation surgery as a treatment for early stage Parkinson’s. DBS is approved by the FDA as a treatment for mid stage Parkinson’s, but not for those with earlier stage PD. We were impressed to see how VUMC thanked their volunteers, all people with Parkinson’s, who made the study possible. As… read more Read More

PDF Champions Friday!

PDF wishes best of luck to PDF Champion Heidi Johnson and Evergreen Golf Club in Elkhorn, WI, on their Pars Fore Parkinson’s golf tournament on Thursday, August 16.  They have set a fundraising goal of $4,000 with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting PDF!  Pars Fore Parkinson’s has been set up in honor of one of Evergreen Golf Club’s rangers, who lives with Parkinson’s disease.  Spots are still available! If you live in the Eklhorn, WI area and are interested in playing a round of golf to support Parkinson’s research, please contact Heidi at johnsh43@uwosh.edu or (262) 949-3110. Here are all the… read more Read More