Yearly Archives: 2012

Celebrate CARNAVAL with PDF!

The date is set for CARNAVAL!On Wednesday, November 14, PDF is hosting Carnaval at Slate in New York City. This Brazilian inspired fundraising event will feature DJ Brenda Black, Samba dancing, games of chance, a raffle, buffet dinner and premium open bar. Proceeds from the event will benefit Parkinson’s research. PDF will also pay tribute to Peter Dorn, longtime member of PDF’s Board of Directors, co-owner of the Copacabana Club and one of the creators of Carnaval, which has raised nearly $500,000 for Parkinson’s research. PDF will honor Peter for his generosity and commitment to PDF’s mission. Are you interested in becoming more… read more Read More

Vascular parkinsonism

From James Beck, Ph.D., Director of Research Programs Recently, former President George H.W. Bush revealed in an interview with PARADE Magazine that he has vascular parkinsonism. While not meeting the criteria for true Parkinson’s disease (PD), vascular parkinsonism mimics many features of PD.  As its name implies, vascular parkinsonism is often due to problems with the vessels in the brain regions that control movement and small strokes are the primary cause.  Although small strokes will cumulatively worsen the symptoms of vascular parkinsonism, it is otherwise not considered a progressive neurodegenerative disease like PD. People with vascular parkinsonism often experience a “lower… read more Read More

PDF Champion Jennifer Neathery

A special thank you to PDF Champion Jennifer Neathery for making a difference in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. Hear her story now!  To become a PDF Champion like Jennifer click here to register or call (800) 457-6676. If you are a runner looking for your next big race, join the PDF Champions marathon team at the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, October 28th. One entry remains! For more information please email us at info@pdf.org. Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!

Understanding the Progression of Parkinson’s

Can you predict the progression of Parkinson’s? … or change its course? Last Tuesday, during PDF’s PD ExpertBriefing, “Understanding the Progression of Parkinson’s,” presenter Dr. Ron Pfeiffer had a few suggestions: Dr. Pfeiffer provided facts about PD progression – about the percentage of people with PD who develop certain symptoms or leave their jobs after a certain number of years – but also emphasized that these are general facts.  Each person’s journey with Parkinson’s is very different. He noted that there are no treatments proven to reverse PD, but he also emphasized there are actions people can take, such as… read more Read More

New York City Rhythm and Blues Concert: PDF Champions

This past Friday, June 29, I had the pleasure of attending a PDF Champions Summer Show hosted by the State Employees Federated Appeal in Queens, NY. The event featured live music, dancing and a 50/50 raffle. Entertainment was provided by The New York City Rhythm and Blues Ensemble. Dr. Christopher Hess, Columbia University Fellow, spoke to the audience about Parkinson’s disease and addressed their questions and concerns.  Dr. Hess was the recipient of the Ronald and Isobel Konecky Fellowship for Parkinson’s Research at Columbia University Medical Center. PDF awards this Fellowship to exceptional fellows who after completion of their two-year program… read more Read More

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