By Peggy Willocks, member, PDF People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. And it won’t be newsworthy that I came all the way from Tennessee to New York to participate in this past Saturday’s Parkinson’s Unity Walk, where about 10,000 people with Parkinson’s, friends and family “walked” through Central Park as a symbolic gesture to raise funding for research. As a member of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s (PDF) Advisory Council, it isn’t newsworthy that I am also here as a voice of the patient in helping to have better and faster approval of therapies for the debilitating… Read More
Have you ever been part of a Parkinson’s research study? This Parkinson’s Awareness Month, PDF says thank you for helping to bring about better treatments at a faster pace. After all, the only way that new treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s can be found is by ordinary people taking the extraordinary step of volunteering in studies.
We all appreciate the headlines that help us understand PD symptoms and side effects. But we also find it refreshing to see last week’s selection of stories covering ways to take charge of PD with creativity. Victoria Tane featured in the 2013 Creativity & Parkinson’s Calendar The Science Behind the Spin Last Thursday, we saw a review published on, “The Awakening of Artistic Creativity and Parkinson’s” by Rivka Inzelberg, M.D., in Behavior Neuroscience. Dr. Inzelberg looked at more than 10 studies investigating, “the ability to produce innovative aesthetic works” in people living with Parkinson’s. She found that: People with PD who… Read More
PDF Champion and Founder & CEO of Karma for a Cure, Margaux Minutolo, designs stylish t-shirts to benefit charities close to her heart. Ms. Minutolo designed this stylish “Peace” of Mind crop top to benefit the research efforts of PDF! With every purchase, 5% of the total sale will be donated to PDF. Ms. Minutolo designs will be featured and sold at PDF’s upcoming Carnaval event on Wednesday, January 30.
Last month, PDF hosted a special screening of the film, A Late Quartet in New York, NY, followed by a conversation with its Director, Yaron Zilberman, PDF Scientific Director Dr. Stanley Fahn and PDF Research Advocate Pam Quinn. If you haven’t yet heard of this film, which is produced by Entertainment One Films, it stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Mark Ivanir and Christopher Walken as a string quartet struggling to stay together in the face of competing egos and … Parkinson’s disease. As you too often tell us, your neighbors and friends may not truly understand the disease. So… Read More
As we all give thanks at this time of year, we remind ourselves for what, and for whom, we are thankful. PDF is grateful now and always for our many supporters, volunteers, advocates and PDF Champions who are making a difference in the fight against Parkinson’s. We could not do our work without these individuals who raise awareness and funds in their communities. PDF’s programs seek to empower the community to be proactive in making a difference in the cause. One way we do this is by providing loved ones, family and friends with tools to raise awareness in their communities… Read More