Earlier this month, Congress approved, and President Obama signed, the Cures Act, formally known as the 21st Century Cures Act. Along with scores of other voluntary health and research organizations, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) applauds this move as one that will confront diseases head-on and accelerate research seeking cures. In this decisive, bipartisan move — too rare in these politically-divided days — the federal government has signaled its confidence that science can help us deliver on the elusive dream of drawing the curtain on diseases including Parkinson’s.
Who drives our work to end Parkinson’s disease? You do. That’s why PDF puts you front and center. It is why we are mobilizing a network of patient leaders, over 300 strong, who are changing lives and accelerating our work to end Parkinson’s. But we need your help to grow their numbers. Support the PDF patient leadership team today. When you do, donors from the PDF Leadership Circle will match every donation up to $500,000!
My wife, Marilyn, and I are constantly reminded of the critical role that health professionals play in helping us live our lives to the fullest with Parkinson’s disease. That’s why we work with PDF. Through innovative clinical and online trainings, PDF partners with health leaders to transform PD care. But we need your support to train even more health leaders.
As a scientist, I’m excited to tell you that the future is bright. Our team is discovering new compounds with the potential to ease symptoms and to stop Parkinson’s disease in its tracks. But more than ever, we need your support to make these discoveries a reality. That’s why I’m asking you to support the PDF team working to end Parkinson’s. When you do, donors from the PDF Leadership Circle will match every donation up to $500,000.
During National Family Caregivers Month, we honor care partners to people with Parkinson’s. We thank them for their efforts to care for their loved ones and help PDF #EndParkinsons. This includes Cherry Zimmerman, care partner to her husband Alan who is a member of the PDF People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council. They reside in Knoxville, TN. We sat down with them to understand more about their PD partnership and the needs of Parkinson’s care partners.
Dear friends of PDF: Thank you. Because of your support, this year PDF invested $5 million in research and $1.1 million for training of health leaders and patient leaders.