What happens when thousands of people touched by Parkinson’s disease get together? That’s exactly what’s happening at the 4th World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in Portland, OR, where a record 4,500 people PD, care partners, researchers, and health professionals from around the globe have gathered to advance treatments and a cure. The answer? A lot happens. The WPC is chock full of educational seminars, scientific sessions, roundtables, poster presentations, music performances, exercise, yoga and more. The hardest part is choosing where to go. Here’s an update on what the PDF team saw and did on day 2 (Wednesday).
Awe-inspiring. It’s a word Dan Novak, Ph.D., Chair of the PDF People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council, used recently when describing the World Parkinson Congress (WPC). Last night in Portland, OR, it proved true. It captured the feeling of walking into a room with 4,000 people (people living with Parkinson’s, care partners, researchers and health professionals) who all share one goal — a world without Parkinson’s. As part of this week’s WPC reports, see our summary of last night’s awe-inspiring Opening Ceremony.
This week, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation is on site at the 4th World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in Portland, OR. Our team of 100 staff, patient advocates and PDF-supported researchers and health professionals joins more than 4,000 delegates from around the globe who are all working toward the same goal: a world without Parkinson’s. Each day, we’ll bring reports to you. Yesterday (Tuesday) was a pre-congress day before the formal program had begun, but it kicked off in full force! Here is what our team saw and heard.
There is nothing like the special bond that exists between grandparents and grandchildren. That’s why, when a grandparent is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, grandchildren are often driven to help the cause. At the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) we are often asked, How can I make a difference in honor of my grandma/grandpa with PD? In light of Grandparents Day this Sunday, we are sharing a few favorite stories from grandkids on the PDF team. Get inspired and find ideas for making this Sunday special for your grandparent with PD.
Richard Herdegen of Meridian, ID, sees his creativity as a window of opportunity for life with Parkinson’s disease. Recently, one of his glass mosaics entitled, “Rainbow of Life” (pictured at left) was selected to appear in PDF’s 2016 Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar for the month of July. The retired software engineer has been creating art for decades, using glass as his primary medium. But he says that after his Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2011 at the age of 66, the activity became more than just a way to relax and find solace, it also became a way to fight his disease. Learn more… Read More
This summer, PDF has been especially inspired by our dedicated group of PDF Champions. These grassroots fundraisers have truly put their passions — whether running, cycling, flying, hiking and hosting garage sales — to work to help PDF #EndParkinsons. Here are their stories.