Tag Archives: PDF Champions

Triathlon for Dad: A Q&A with Mark Macenas

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.

Let’s Make Grandparents Day Special

Don’t grandparents have a way of always making us feel special? Whether it is supporting us at school, cheering us from the sidelines or making our favorite home-cooked meal, they often know just the right thing to say or do. When a grandparent is living with Parkinson’s disease, how can we make them feel special? In honor of national Grandparents Day this Sunday, September 13, we invite you to join the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in doing just that. It can be as simple as sharing a smile, spending a day together, sending an eCard or raising funds for Parkinson’s disease research.

Shake, Rattle & Roll for PD: Q&A with A.C. Woolnough

A.C. Woolnough doesn’t let Parkinson’s disease get him down. He’s been actively involved in the fight against PD since his diagnosis in 2014, in part by volunteering with the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF). He is not only a member of the PDF People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council, and one of our Research Advocates, he is also a member of our Creativity and PD Project. Now he’s adding another volunteer role to his long PD volunteer resume — fundraiser. He is putting his passion for golf to work as a PDF Champion next Saturday, September 5, when he will host Shake, Rattle & Roll in Sandpoint,… read more Read More

Putting Passion to Work for PD: Q&A with PDF Champion Dawn Judson

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 Read More

Supporting Science with Science-Inspired Jewelry

“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 Read More

Pancakes for PD: Q&A with Students from Liberty College of Osteopathic Medicine

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.