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.
By Dan Novak, Ph.D. Parkinson’s disease doesn’t discriminate. It affects the young sports heroes who are bigger than life. It affects the old as they reflect on a life well lived. And me — I got PD at 52. I don’t know why I got it. But I know that we need answers. Medications help with stiffness, slowness and tremor. But they don’t stop the disease. With your help, we can do better.
by A.C. Woolnough As Father’s Day approaches, I reflect on the values my late Dad (at left) instilled in me. As a US Navy Veteran, his diagnosis of Parkinson’s hit him hard. Still, he constantly reminded me to serve others … to be a part of something bigger than self. When I too was diagnosed with Parkinson’s two years ago, it was my Dad, although long gone by then, who had the biggest influence on me. Because of him, I view Parkinson’s not only as a challenge, but as a way of giving back. Today, I ask you to join me in… Read More
How can you help PDF end Parkinson’s disease? Join our team during April, Parkinson’s Awareness Month! Here are five easy ways you can join the team, inspired by the efforts of PDF Champions — our grassroots fundraisers who are raising awareness and funds for Parkinson’s in communities across the US.
Lea Dempsey, 13, of Princeton, NJ, has a knack for drawing, which she credits to her late grandfather, an avid painter who lived with Parkinson’s disease for more than a decade. When the seventh grader stumbled upon PDF’s Kids Only T-Shirt Design Contest a few months back, she knew it was the perfect way to honor his memory. Earlier this month, the public voted her design, “Join the Team Ending Parkinson’s,” to be printed on PDF’s 2016 Awareness T-shirts that will be worn by hundreds of people across the country. What’s the story behind Lea’s design? PDF recently interviewed Lea and… Read More
How can college students help PDF to end Parkinson’s? For Alexandra Archuleta, the answer is simple: lace up her sneakers and run the Oakland Running Festival Half Marathon in Oakland, CA. This Sunday, March 20, she’s taking on the race as a PDF Champion to honor her grandfather. With friends and family cheering her on, she’s already raised $1,000 for PDF (double the amount she initially hoped to raise). Hear from Alexandra about why it was important to her to get involved and put her passion for running to work for Parkinson’s disease.