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Not Just a Walk in the Park – Perrigo Walks for Parkinson’s!

February 13th, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Over 85% of PUW participants walk proudly with their teams. In addition to the many family teams that participate in the Walk, there are corporate teams, support group teams, and teams from programs that train healthcare professionals to work with members of the Parkinson’s community. Team Perrigo is a wonderful example of a corporate team that was looking for an opportunity for their employees to come out in support of a worthy cause. You can only imagine how pleased we were when they called to ask about creating a corporate team and then suggested that we apply for a grant request from their company’s foundation. We are grateful to Perrigo’s generous support of the 2016 Unity Walk – they donated $10,000! – and are delighted that their team will return in 2017.

Helaine Isaacs
PUW Event Director

Team Perrigo enjoying the 2016 Parkinson’s Unity Walk!

Providing high-quality healthcare products all over the world since the early 1900s, it was only fitting that Perrigo Company should partner with the Parkinson’s Unity Walk (PUW) to contribute to researching this neurodegenerative brain disorder.

Perrigo Company and the PUW have more than a few common interests, but the two that are most obvious to me are: Healthcare and Community.

Healthcare
Brushing the surface of both organizations, our mission statements revolve around improving global health and happiness.  Perrigo develops, manufactures, and distributes high quality healthcare products at affordable prices.  Perrigo’s facility in the Bronx manufactures over-the-counter topical products such as the less expensive store brand anti-itch cream you rub on your child’s itchy bug bites and the lice shampoo that you grudgingly scrub into your child’s hair as you wash every linen item in the house.  Admirably, PUW supports the same theme – researching a disease that results in so many people living with debilitating symptoms every single day in order to identify appropriate forms of relief.  This is the foundation of Perrigo’s common ground with the Parkinson’s Unity Walk organization.

Community
Both Perrigo Company and PUW have a strong sense of community.   I’d like to focus for a second on the Community Service Committee that my colleagues, Chris and Clare helped me to initiate in 2014.  This might help you understand how we got involved with the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in the first place.  The three of us looked around and saw 500 passionate, hardworking employees at our facility in the Bronx – and an opportunity to bring them all together for a good cause.  That is why we started the Community Service Committee.  Since then, we have participated in events to support research for cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, and, of course, Parkinson’s disease. We’ve hosted back-to-school drives for children in need in the Bronx and allocated over $100,000 from the Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation to various causes supporting healthcare and education.

Inviting our employees to participate in PUW gave us yet another opportunity to bring our employees together for a great cause and for that we are grateful. That being said, PUW’s contribution to the community is obvious – organizing an impactful event that brings people together from all over the world.  After attending the thank you reception for top fundraisers the night before the Walk, the sense of community was obvious as people shared poems and speeches about traveling across the country for numerous years to attend this Walk. The love and support in the room was overwhelming and I found myself truly touched by the words of strangers supporting each other through their Parkinson’s journeys.

I’ve witnessed similar love and support at Perrigo in the Bronx.  When I first started at Perrigo as a Production Supervisor, one of my employees fell very ill and I was deeply moved by the efforts of a co-worker to collect donations from other employees who wanted to help – some of whom didn’t even know her personally.   That environment of love and support is not easy to match – but I know we’ve found it with the Parkinson’s Unity Walk.

We look forward to supporting the Parkinson’s Unity Walk for years to come.  Thank you for this opportunity to share our story with you.

Rachel Brown
Perrigo Company

“Tis the Season…to Fundraise

January 17th, 2017 by Helaine Isaacs, Event Director

December was the season for holidays but now that they have passed, ‘tis the season to start thinking about the Parkinson’s Unity Walk and planning your fundraisers. Some of our walkers have created a winning formula with their annual fundraising events. Volley for the Cure at the Hartford School in Mount Laurel, NJ, now in its 6th year, in support of Debbie Flamini, team captain of Debbie’s Dream, is just one example.

Some fundraisers become annual events and are responsible for their team’s fundraising for the year. Examples of these events include Moon & Stars’ Annual Pasta Dinner in Youngstown, Ohio, now in its 5th year; PK Hope is Alive’s Parkinson’s Walk of East Tennessee now in its 6th year; and Team DominACHIN’s Annual Washer’s Tournament in Rhode Island, now in its 7th year. These annual events have raised between $15,000-$30,000 each year.

Not everything needs to become an annual tradition and your team can change it up by creating a new event each time. Whether your event raises hundreds of dollars or thousands, every dollar counts! The possibilities are limitless! Successful fundraisers have included Putt for Parkinson’s, Pizza for Parkinson’s, Paint for Parkinson’s (they don’t have to start with the letter “P” but the alliteration does get your attention) as well as local walks, concerts, bar crawls and shopping nights. You don’t need to do this alone! Talk to your team members. Together, brainstorm to come up with your own “winning formula.” Check out the Parkinson’s CHAMP in Action and the “Your Fundraising Events” on the PUW website to get inspired.

Want to discuss fundraising ideas or talk through the logistics of creating a fundraiser? We’re just a phone call away. Feel free to call at 866-789-9255.

Happy New Year!

December 31st, 2016 by Parkinson's Unity Walk Team

Wishing You All the Best in 2017!

Happy Holidays!

December 24th, 2016 by Parkinson's Unity Walk Team

From Our Family to Yours!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21st, 2016 by Helaine Isaacs, Event Director

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Here at the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, Thanksgiving is the time of year when we reflect on all the things we are grateful for – and there are many.

  • We are grateful to our walkers who raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and funds for research each year. They are a committed and resilient group of individuals who meet life’s challenges with grace and humor.
  • We are grateful to our donors, many of whom have a personal connection to this important cause. We know how much it means to our walkers to have their support.
  • We are grateful to our sponsors. It is their continued and generous support that allows 100% of donations to fund research.
  • We are grateful to the Parkinson’s foundations that participate in the Unity Walk. They provide information and resources to the PD community and lead the way on the research funded with donations to the Walk.
  • We are grateful to the researchers who use the funds raised at the Walk to move us closer to finding the cause and cure for Parkinson’s disease. Until that day comes, they continue to develop therapies that improve the quality of life of those living with PD.
  • We are grateful to our volunteers, many of whom have been with the Walk for many years. The Walk would not be the same without their support.
  • We are grateful for the sense of community that is created when thousands of people gather, all committed to finding the cause and cure for Parkinson’s disease.
  • We are grateful for the relationships we’ve made through the Parkinson’s Unity Walk. They enrich our lives every day.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful and satisfying Thanksgiving holiday!