Parkinson's Disease Organizations Benefitting from Unity Walk Donations
The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is the country’s largest grassroots organization serving persons with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. In addition, APDA funds research at its nine centers for advanced research and through grants and fellowships to individual scientists. At the APDA booth is information about its 40 chapters that work to raise awareness and funds for research, 50 Information & Referral centers that provide patient and caregiver educational programs and materials, and 1,000 support groups across the country. You’ll also find free educational materials addressing different aspects of PD.
For over half a century, the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) has focused on meeting the needs in the care and treatment of people with Parkinson’s disease. NPF has funded more than $172 million in care, research and support services. Unique among other Parkinson’s organizations, NPF has a singular focus—our mission is to improve the quality of care through research, education and outreach.
Thank you for taking part in the 2013 Unity Walk! PAN is a financial beneficiary of the Walk and we are grateful for your participation and support. You might be asking yourself, “who or what is PAN?” We are the unified voice of the Parkinson’s community, advocating for better treatments and a cure. In partnership with other national Parkinson’s organizations and our powerful grassroots network, we work with government leaders on funding and better policies for research, and an improved quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s. Come talk to the PAN staff about how – whether you have a few minutes a week or several hours a month -- PAN can give you the tools to make a difference!
The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) supports research and ideas that will improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has invested over $96 million in the research of leading scientists around the world and over $40 million to support national education and advocacy initiatives. Stop by the PDF booth to learn more about our print and online educational materials, programs and resources and how you can join our efforts to find a cure for Parkinson's!
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, there is one clear measure of success: delivering better treatments and, ultimately, a cure to people living with Parkinson's disease. The Foundation takes a focused and proactive approach to speeding scientific solutions that will improve patients' quality of life and works to maximize impact by pushing basic discoveries toward clinical trials and strategically targeting resources toward critical research hurdles. Now the largest private funder of Parkinson’s research worldwide, the Foundation has invested more than $313 million in research since its inception in 2000.
The Parkinson Alliance (PA) is committed to raising funds for the most promising research to help find the cure for Parkinson’s disease. The PA is the umbrella organization for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk and Team Parkinson. The PA is also devoted to improving the quality of life in the deep brain stimulation (DBS) community through surveys including patients with and without DBS. The surveys are designed to give the “patient’s voice” and to provide a tool or a common language among physicians, care partners and people with Parkinson’s. For more information visit our website at www.dbs-stn.org.
The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center is the country’s only independent non-profit organization that brings together comprehensive care, basic research, and clinical research for Parkinson’s disease. Founded in 1988, the Institute has used this powerful and entrepreneurial model to empower people living with Parkinson’s and their loved ones to better manage their disease, improve their quality of life, and impact groundbreaking research that will change the landscape of Parkinson’s science and medicine. Visit our website at www.ThePI.org or connect with us at Facebook.com/PDpartner and Twitter.com/PDpartner to learn more.