Meet the PDF Team at the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in NYC!

PDF_UnityWalk_KarenSmithWill you be joining the PDF team at the 22nd Parkinson’s Unity Walk on Saturday, April 23 in Central Park in New York City?

Each year, thousands of individuals in the Parkinson’s community unite for this one-mile walk to raise awareness and funds. All proceeds support research for major US Parkinson’s foundations, including PDF. Not only that, the walk provides a fun and festive day for the Parkinson’s community.

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Meet Lea, Age 13, Designer of the 2016 Parkinson’s Awareness T-Shirt

Lea DempseyLea 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 her family to find out.

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National Nutrition Month: Why it Matters to People with PD

nlwinter16_fruitbasket_b&wWhat should you know about nutrition in Parkinson’s disease (PD)? It is important for all of us to maintain a healthy diet to feel our best and stay energized. This is especially true for people living with PD.

As March is National Nutrition Month, our team wanted to shed light on the importance of nutrition in PD. According to Heather Zwickey, Ph.D., who recently led PDF’s webinar on, “Nutrition and PD,” developing good nutritional habits can help people to live better with the disease. How?

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A Half Marathon to Honor Her Grandfather: Q&A with Alexandra Archuleta

PDF ChampionsHow 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.

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Visiting Nurse Notes: Scholar & Student Partner with Community Health Workers in Nicaragua

image3How would you help your patients with PD if levodopa were unavailable? It is a difficult question. But it is one that Elizabeth K. Keech, Ph.D., R.N., an adjunct clinical assistant professor from Villanova University College of Nursing and a scholar with The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at PDF, sought to answer along with one of her students, Elizabeth Yates, B.S.N., R.N.

The EJS-VNF Program at PDF trains nursing faculty in Parkinson’s disease, so that they can prepare the next generation of nurses — their students — to care for the growing number of people living with PD.

After Dr. Keech completed the program, she partnered with Ms. Yates, to improve care in PD in communities that need it most. As part of a partnership between Villanova and community health workers in a rural area of Nicaragua, the two put together educational materials to help local workers identify PD and encourage people living with it to seek treatment.

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Celebrating Spring to Benefit Parkinson’s, Boston Edition: A Q&A with Rehana Ashraf

Celebrate Spring Co-Chairs

From left to right: Anne Green, Kate Evans and Rehana Ashraf. Credit: Michael Blanchard Photography

Rehana Ashraf and her partners-in-planning Kate Evans and Anne Greene, are focused on getting young Bostonians involved in the Parkinson’s cause. In fact, in part to honor their own loved ones affected by the disease, next month they are hosting their fourth annual Celebrate Spring Boston to benefit PDF on Friday, April 24, building on previous years’ successes. The festive evening features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing.

Over the past few years, the women have used PDF’s New York event of the same name as a blueprint for success, raising more than $130,000. In the interview below, find out why the Parkinson’s cause is so important to Rehana and how her group is getting their generation involved in Parkinson’s philanthropy.

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