The Parkinson's Unity Walk (PUW), a grassroots organization, began in 1994 through the dedicated efforts of patients, families, support groups, and friends who were affected by Parkinson's disease. Their main goal was to raise awareness and funds for research to find a cure for Parkinson's.
Over the last twenty years, the Unity Walk has grown from 200 participants in the first event to over to 11,000 participants in the 2014 Walk. The funds raised for the Walk have also dramatically increased with each passing year. In 1994, the Unity Walk raised $16,000 in research funds, and in 2014 over $1,600,000 was raised for Parkinson’s research.
Generous donations of time and service to the Walk have expanded fund-raising and awareness well beyond earlier expectations. Donations from the Unity Walk have gone to support research for the following major U.S. Parkinson's foundations:
- American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)
- National Parkinson Foundation, Inc. (NPF)
- Parkinson's Action Network (PAN)
- Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF)
- The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF)
- The Parkinson Alliance (PA)
- The Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center (PI)
The Parkinson's Unity Walk directs donated funds to increase research to find a cure. Six of the seven participating organizations use the dollars they receive to fund specific research studies. The Parkinson's Action Network seeks to maximize federal funding of Parkinson's research through a concerted nationwide advocacy effort.
From the very beginning, 100% all of the donations raised by walkers and contributors has been and continues to be designated for research. Corporate sponsors and individual research foundations fund the operating expenses of the PUW. The Parkinson’s Unity Walk is a (501)(c)(3) organization – E.I.#13-3842415.
View the Research Grants funded by the Parkinson's Unity Walk.
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Martin Tuchman: Chairman
Robert Ubell: President
Carol J. Walton: Executive Director
Carol J. Perlman: VP and Treasurer
Jocelyn Thomas: VP and Secretary
Kenneth Aidekman: Co-founder and Past Chair
Dr. Robert E. Burke
Denny P. Jacobson
Dr. J. William Langston
James J. McNasby