As November draws to an end and December peeks around the corner, I feel compelled to lift my head above the daily grind and take stock of life. Because despite Parkinson’s disease, I live a rich and full life. Some blessings come to mind:
This blog is part one in a series of three about the BigBrain. Do you remember the moment of putting on 3D glasses in a movie theater? There was awe and excitement as stories and images that were flat came to life. There was similar excitement yesterday when researchers reported in Science that they have created BigBrain, a high resolution 3D digital image of the brain. To understand the excitement, it’s important to understand that like a 3D movie, this image isn’t simply a flat picture of the brain. It is incredibly in-depth. Have you ever had an MRI? Well… Read More
Last week, we were excited to see a great example of pairing up (the slogan for our Parkinson’s Advocates in Research, or “PAIR” program) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). In an article entitled, “Events honor early patients of novel Parkinson’s study,” VUMC reports on their study of deep brain stimulation surgery as a treatment for early stage Parkinson’s. DBS is approved by the FDA as a treatment for mid stage Parkinson’s, but not for those with earlier stage PD. We were impressed to see how VUMC thanked their volunteers, all people with Parkinson’s, who made the study possible. As… 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
Aqua-Thon: Splash for a Cause PDF Champion Michael Hornung has been hard at work fundraising and building awareness for Parkinson’s disease. As Aquatics Director at Brooklyn Sports Club, Michael will be hosting an Aqua-Thon: Splash for a Cause event on Saturday, April 21. The Aqua-Thon will include a gentle swim, aqua aerobics, aqua Zumba, children’s swim, raffles, games, informational materials about Parkinson’s disease, food and music! If you live in the Tri-State area please consider attending. All are welcome! The event details are below: Date: April 21, 2012Time: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.Location: Brooklyn Sports Club, 1540 Van Siclen Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11239 A… Read More
Shop for Jewelry to Support PDF! In honor of April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month, www.emily-alice.com will be donating 15 percent of sales from her Dopamine Collection to PDF. Emily Alice’s professional homemade designs are inspired by science and in particular molecules. Please shop her site today to support Parkinson’s research! Thank for your being a PDF Champion, Emily! Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!