Catherine Shapiro of Coral Springs, FL, is getting creative in her efforts to find a cure for Parkinson’s. The artist, who is involved with our Creativity and Parkinson’s Project, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012. Recently, she was inspired to use her passion for creative fashion to support our work through a grassroots fundraiser, “Be Chic for Parkinson’s.” The event is taking place on Saturday in Coconut Creek, FL. Find out how her creativity inspires her to make a difference.
This week, members of our team are in Florida for an exciting first-time medical meeting, the Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress. It brings together a subset of a global group of professionals who research and treat movement disorders, including Parkinson’s. Scientists and health professionals are gathering at this meeting to share the latest research and to answer the question: how can we advance care for people with Parkinson’s and movement disorders in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean? Not only that, groundbreaking research funded by the Foundation is front-and-center.
At PDF, a division of the Parkinson’s Foundation, we have dedicated more than $115 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world. We are proud of the work that our scientists have done to advance our understanding of Parkinson’s and to improve lives worldwide. Today, during the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we call special attention to the women scientists who are working to #EndParkinsons. Over the years, we have supported and collaborated with female pioneers in the field, many of whom are advancing Parkinson’s research. Here are a few of those stories.
In December, two reports in the New York Times called attention to the potential link between paraquat, a strong pesticide, and Parkinson’s disease (PD). The pesticide, which has been previously linked to Parkinson’s, is banned in some countries including those where it is manufactured, but not in the US. What should people with Parkinson’s know about this news?
Life can change dramatically after a Parkinson’s diagnosis. As the disease progresses, it’s not uncommon for family members and friends to take on physical challenges to honor loved ones and support the cause. We are inspired by the athletes going the distance to #EndParkinsons! Hear from three PDF Champions, our grassroots fundraisers, about what motivates them to take on challenges for PD … and learn about spots on our running team in 2017!
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.