Other Parkinson's Disease Organizations at the Unity Walk
Since 2001, the Dance for PDŽ program has offered dance classes that empower people with Parkinson's disease to explore movement and music in ways that are stimulating and creative. A collaboration between the Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, the program is built on the idea that professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to persons with PD. There are currently more than 100 classes around the world that are based on the original Brooklyn model. Look for material about our program and learn about our new At Home DVD at the Ask the Healthcare Experts booth, and visit us at www.danceforpd.org.
Fox Trial Finder is a web-based clinical trial matching tool to assist both those with and without Parkinson’s disease in identifying and connecting with Parkinson’s clinical research opportunities that urgently need their participation. After volunteers input information on themselves (such as zip code, date of birth, and brief medical history), Fox Trial Finder will provide potential trial matches. Fox Trial Finder also provides the opportunity for volunteers to connect directly with trial coordinators through a secure messaging interface on the site. Register for Fox Trial Finder by visiting www.foxtrialfinder.org and raise your hand to participate in clinical research for PD today!
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is a component of the National Institutes of Health within the Department of Health and Human Services and is the nation's primary supporter of biomedical research on the brain and nervous system. It offers information on research support and free publications for patients and their families on Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. Members of the NINDS staff will be available at the exhibit booth to answer questions about research on Parkinson’s disease. www.ninds.nih.gov and www.ninds.nih.gov/research/parkinsonsweb/
Founded in 2007 by NYU Langone Medical Center’s Parkinson and Movement Disorders Center and the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, this award-winning community partnership was established on the principle of helping to improve the lives of Parkinson’s patients, caregivers and families now through fitness, education, support and socialization. All classes, support groups and events are taught at the JCC in Manhattan – a vibrant community hub - by Parkinson’s trained educators, facilitators and trainers and are designed specifically for those impacted by Parkinson’s. After only 3 years, this ground-breaking program was awarded the distinguished designation of Edmond J. Safra Parkinson’s Wellness Program by the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation. Two of the Wellness Program’s 9 fitness classes - Tai Chi and Nia Dance - will be demonstrated today at the Unity Walk following the 1.4 mile walk. For more information, please visit our website http://parkinson.med.nyu.edu/.
Team Fox is the grassroots fundraising program of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Launched in January 2006, Team Fox is made up of thousands of people across the globe who finds fun and creative ways to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation and Parkinson’s research. Since the program’s inception, this diverse community of change-makers has raised over $22 million for Parkinson’s research and continues to grow and exceed expectations. Join Team Fox today at www.teamfox.org.
Formed in 2000 and co-chaired by John and Edna Ball, Team Parkinson (TP) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise Parkinson’s disease awareness; to raise money for research for a cure; and to empower people with PD to take charge of their lives through exercise. John has had PD for over 40 years and has completed 25 marathons plus a 31 mile ultra-marathon. For more information please visit our website www.team-parkinson.org.
The third World Parkinson Congress will take place from October 1 – 4, 2013 in Montreal, Canada. By brining physicians, scientists, nurses, rehab specialists, people with Parkinson’s and care partners together, the WPC 2013 will provide an international forum to discuss and learn about the latest scientific discoveries, medical practices, and care initiatives for PD.
Be sure to join us and visit www.worldpdcongress.org for more information.