Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) would like to recognize the birthday of our founder and the original PDF Champion, Mr. William Black! In 1957, Mr. Black’s, controller and close friend was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Appalled to learn that no truly effective therapy was available, nor was any basic research being conducted on the disease, Mr. Black set up PDF to establish a research program aimed at finding effective drug treatment. He made two major gifts: one to Columbia University to help build the research laboratory with a floor dedicated to Parkinson’s research; the other to endow PDF. Help PDF fulfill Mr. Black’s… Read More
A special thank you goes out to PDF Champion Mallory Hiltz on her successful 5K Walk/Run for Parkinson’s held on Saturday, April 21, at Brady’s Run Park in Beaver, PA! As part of PDF Champions Campus Challenge program, Mallory and a few of her classmates from Community College of Beaver County worked tirelessly on the walk to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s disease! Mallory and her classmates raised over $1,100 to support Parkinson’s research! Check out these great photos from the walk. Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!
Summer can be the best time of year for fundraising for Parkinson’s! The weather is great. Vacations are scheduled. Kids are out of school. Checkout the list of summer fundraising ideas for your next PDF Champions event below. Down to a tee! Work with a local golf course to plan a PDF Champions golf outing. Golfers pay a certain amount to play with proceeds benefiting PDF. See if local businesses will donate prizes and offer a prize to the winner of each hole, or of the whole course. Happy Independence Day! Use your usually Fourth of July BBQ as an… Read More
A “thank you” goes a long way. One of the most important pieces of your PDF Champions event is making sure you say “thank you” to your participants, volunteers and sponsors for their support of Parkinson’s research. You can send an email, invest in inexpensive thank you notes or use the sample thank you letter located in your PDF Champions Welcome Packet as guide. Make sure to highlight the successes of your event; why their participation meant so much to you; how many guests attended; and the total amount raised for Parkinson’s. You can even include photos, a video or news… Read More
For PDF Champions Friday, we would like to highlight Ellene Warren of Los Angeles, CA. Ellene is a great example of someone using creativity to fundraise for a cure for Parkinson’s disease! She has crafted a collection of handmade, crocheted cuffs. She designed this collection specifically to sell and raise money to help fight Parkinson’s disease. As a caregiver to a person with Parkinson’s, Ellene knows first hand the importance of funding critical research. 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit PDF! Thank you so much for your time and generosity, Ellene! Please visit Elene’s webpage on Etsy.com to purchase one of… Read More
Thank you to the Parkinson’s Support Group of the Mid-Hudson Valley for hosting the 2nd Annual Walk Over the Water event on April 29 in Poughkeepsie, NY to benefit PDF! PDF Champion and chair of the support group, Nancy Redkey, helped to make this walk an amazing success. More than 200 people, including Karlin Schroeder, PDF’s Advocacy Relations Manager, took part in the walk located at Walkway Over the Hudson. We are thrilled to report that nearly $17,000 was raised for Parkinson’s research! This is the second year the Parkinson’s Support Group of the Mid-Hudson Valley has hosted Walk Over… Read More