What sparks a PDF Champion’s desire to complete a triathlon for Parkinson’s research? For Mark Macenas of Durham, NC, who completed the Wilmington Sprint Triathlon on September 19, it was watching his dad’s fight with Parkinson’s disease. And for this avid athlete, the 1,500-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5K run weren’t challenging enough. Mark, a firefighter and EMT of more than 14 years, also wore his full firefighting gear (decked out in PDF stickers) for a portion of the race. Mark has since raised more than $2,200 for PDF.
How are you putting your passions to work for Parkinson’s? Each year, PDF Champion Dawn Judson puts her passion for offroading and and for her business, Bikini Offroad, to use by hosting Shake, Rattle and Crawl. The two-day off-road vehicle event is held in Marble, TX to benefit PDF. The event offers drives on jeeps, ATVs, motorcycles and trucks on the scenic trails and hills of the Hidden Falls Adventure Park, as well as live music, a scavenger hunt, a raffle and dinner. This year, Dawn and her family and friends raised $5,500 … bringing them to cumulative total of $16,000 since 2013! How does she do it?… Read More
“My collections are inspired by beauty and science, neuroscience to be exact,” says Emily Alice Ball. A jewelry designer from the UK, Emily Alice’s collections are uniquely named and categorized … according to science. For instance, there’s the oxytocin and the serotonin collection, and then there’s adrenalin. And most importantly during April … there’s dopamine. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter in the brain that helps with movement and coordination. It is also the one that is lost in Parkinson’s disease. Three years ago, Emily Alice, whose friend and customer lives with Parkinson’s disease, came to PDF with a creative idea for Parkinson’s Awareness… Read More
On February 2, a group of future osteopathic doctors at the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) hosted Pancakes for Parkinson’s, a breakfast to raise awareness of PD and funds for PDF. The students, who make up the university’s chapter of the national Student Osteopathic Medical Association, welcomed 100 guests and raised $400. In this Q&A, Pranamya Mahankali, chapter leader, shares why the students got involved as PDF Champions, plus we link to a local news cast featuring the students’ efforts.
How do you show someone with Parkinson’s that you care? Family and friends often rally around a loved one with PD, showing their support in a variety of ways. During November, which is National Family Caregivers Month, PDF recognizes, “All the Ways Care Partners Care.” Our campaign highlights four diverse stories, including the Hardoby family of Rahway, NJ. Greg Hardoby lives with PD and works with PDF as a volunteer Research Advocate and Champion. Here, he and his daughter Ann Marie discuss how their family copes with PD.
“I decided that running … would be the perfect way to honor my Mother because although running is something she can no longer do, I could do it in her place.” In this Q&A, Lisa Goecke, who is running the Hot Chocolate 15k on November 9 in Chicago, IL as a PDF Champion, shares her story.