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!
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.