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The Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award

The Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award winner is nominated and voted on by a PUW committee, including Alan Bonander's sister, Evelyn. It is awarded to an individual in recognition of their exemplary contribution to the Parkinson’s community.

Alan Bonander was a person with Parkinson's who selflessly devoted to his time to patient advocacy through research and direct interaction with physicians. He was a dedicated husband, Californian, support person, consultant, advocate, writer, Parkinson's medication information resource, Parkinson's patient, Palidotomy recipient, asthma sufferer and internet pioneer. This is just a hint of who Alan Bonander was until his untimely death in 1996.

Ross Bonander, Alan Bonander's son, reflects on the things that were important to his dad:  his family, hockey, and sharing PD info.

Congratulations to David Iverson, recipient of the 2018 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award

Dave Iverson is a recently retired broadcast journalist, filmmaker and writer who currently serves as Contributing Editor at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

During his 40 year broadcast journalism career, Iverson wrote, produced and reported more than 20 documentary programs for national broadcast on PBS. Between 2004 and 2014, he also hosted a weekly radio program for San Francisco’s NPR station KQED. He’s also served as a special correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, a coordinating producer for the 2000 Vice Presidential Debate and from 1980 to 2000 anchored a weekly broadcast for Wisconsin Public Television. He’s won over 50 regional and national broadcast awards, including a National Emmy award for his 1999 PBS documentary The 30 Second Candidate.

Following his diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease in 2004, Iverson shifted the focus of his filmmaking career while continuing with his other broadcasting duties. In 2009 he wrote, narrated and co-produced the PBS Frontline film, My Father, My Brother and Me, which explored his family saga with Parkinson’s and the scientific, ethical and political issues raised by the search for a cure. In 2014, he wrote, produced and directed Capturing Grace, which told the story of what happens when a group of dancers with Parkinson’s disease join forces with the world renowned Mark Morris Dance Group. The documentary screened to sold out film festival audiences around the country and won the “Audience Favorite Award” at numerous festivals including the 2014 Mill Valley Film Festival, the 2014 Starz Denver Film Festival, the 2015 Sedona International Film Festival and the 2015 Wisconsin Film Festival. The film was broadcast nationally on PBS in 2015.

In 2009, Iverson became a founding member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Patient Council. He’s been a member of the council ever since and currently serves as the council’s co-chair. In that capacity, Iverson and his colleague and co-chair Soania Mathur, work with fellow council members and foundation staff to make sure the patient viewpoint plays a central role in the foundation’s ongoing efforts.

For the past six years, Iverson has also served as Contributing Editor at the Michael J. Fox Foundation. In that capacity he hosts the monthly Third Thursday webinar series and produces monthly podcasts on the latest developments in Parkinson’s research. He also moderates conferences and events for the foundation, including over 20 Partners in Parkinson’s conferences between 2014 and 2016.

Iverson has been a featured speaker at over 30 regional Parkinson’s conferences around the country. He co-hosted, along with journalist Jon Palfreman, the Portland Countdown podcast series, which led up to the World Parkinson Congress in 2016. He also moderated numerous panel discussions at the Portland and Montreal WPC events and at other Parkinson’s gatherings around the country.

Iverson has also been an active fundraiser for Parkinson’s disease research. He completed four New York Marathons for Team Fox, most recently in 2014, managing to get slower and slower each year. In 2015, he switched to mountain climbing and was part of the Tour de Fox team that scaled Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States. And yes, he managed to be the last one off the mountain. 

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