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The Today Show 4.21.17 – Join Us!!!

Thursday, April 13th, 2017


(April 13, 2017) – Join the Unity Walk on the plaza of the Today Show on Friday, April 21st! It’s been confirmed that May May Ali, Parkinson’s advocate and PUW supporter, and Carol Walton, CEO of The Parkinson Alliance will both be interviewed on the plaza of the Today Show on Friday morning and all Unity Walkers are invited to show your support by joining us. We’ll be there wearing PUW t-shirts, carrying PUW signs and banners, and making some noise – all to raise awareness of the Unity Walk!

Now that we’ve confirmed May May and Carol’s interview, our group is guaranteed great placement on the plaza. We will meet in front of the main entrance to 30 Rockefeller Plaza between 6:00-6:15am. That’s the building that the Christmas tree is in front of in the winter. Rockefeller Plaza runs between 49th and 50th Streets and is parallel to and in between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. At approximately 6:15am, someone from the Today Show staff will escort us onto the plaza behind the spot where May and Carol’s interview will take place. If you arrive after 6:15am, find a staff person at the front of the line on West 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues and tell them you’re with the Parkinson’s Unity Walk. They will arrange for you to meet our group on the plaza. You can also call me on my cell when you arrive and I can call a staff person for you. My cell number is 609-651-9155. If you arrive past 6:30am when they let the general public onto the plaza, we will do our best to hold a spot for you with our group but we can’t guarantee it at that point.

We hope you can join us in person. If you’re watching from home, use our hashtag #puw2017 and let us know you’re with us in spirit.

Helaine Isaacs
PUW Event Director

Join Us on the Plaza of the Today Show, Friday Morning, April 24, 2015

Monday, April 20th, 2015
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Join us on Friday, April 24, 2015 as we gather outside the Today Show to help raise awareness about the 21st Unity Walk!

We will gather on the plaza outside the Today Show on Friday morning, April 24th to raise awareness of the 2015 Parkinson’s Unity Walk.

Please check this blog before coming to the Today Show to confirm that the meeting time and location have not changed. Here are the details as of now:

  • Some of us will arrive as early as 5:00am to hold a spot in line on West 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. No need for you to get there that early but you’re welcome to.
  • At 6:30am, they will allow us onto the plaza. We will do our best to be on the north side of the plaza nearest West 49th Street.
  • We will be wearing PUW t-shirts and have signage, so look for us there!
  • We’ll have signs for you to carry or you can help hold up our banner.
  • Feel free to wear a PUW t-shirt if you have one. If not, we will have extra PUW t-shirts.
  • Around 7:00am, Today Show staff comes out about once every half hour, depending on their segments and the weather. Best case, we may have ten seconds to plug the Walk.
  • If you see us on TV, you can tweet @unitywalk and use hashtag #PUW2015 or go on our Facebook page.
  • DRESS WARM!!! Even though it is April, it can be considerably colder in the early hours than it is at noon. It may feel more like February or March at that hour, so dress in layers.
  • If you need to reach out someone on Thursday night or Friday morning about the Today Show, please call our Event Director, Helaine Isaacs on her cell 609-651-9155.

It’s possible that we might be out there for a couple of hours to get several seconds of air time for the Unity Walk but we think it’s worth it. It’s a great “warm up” for the Unity Walk and you’ll get to meet a great group of fellow Unity Walk supporters. Please consider joining us!

Questions? Call our office at 866-789-9255 or email info@unitywalk.org. We look forward to seeing you there.

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View our video at the Today Show from last year.

Exercise and Parkinson’s: A Winning Combination

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

There’s growing evidence that regular exercise may hold benefits for people living with Parkinson’s disease. This past week, Shots, NPR’s health news blog, published an article discussing the positive impact exercise has had on Parkinson’s patients. Click here to hear the piece that played on NPR.

Rock Steady Boxing at Gleason's Gym in New York City

Rock Steady Boxing at Gleason’s Gym in New York City

One of the programs featured in NPR’s piece was Rock Steady Boxing. This exercise regimen was created to improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s disease through non-contact, boxing inspired fitness training. It started in Indianapolis and is now offered throughout the country. We extend our thanks to Marlene Kahan, a longstanding participant in the Unity Walk, for introducing us to the Rock Steady Boxing program in NYC. As a result of this introduction, we are pleased to announce that they will be providing a demonstration on the Bandshell stage at this year’s Unity Walk.

Other types of exercise featured on NPR include Tai Chi, weightlifting, cycling, drumming and dancing. You’ll be hearing more in the weeks to come from our walkers about the ways that they are doing their best to stay active and healthy.

What’s the best exercise that you can do if you are living with Parkinson’s disease? It’s the exercise that you WILL do.

Create Your Own Winning Fundraiser and Watch It Develop into an Annual Event!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

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This is the perfect time to start planning your fundraising event on behalf of the Parkinson’s Unity Walk. We’re just starting to hear from several of our teams to let us know that they are re-creating their successful fundraisers from last year.

Some examples are Team Rossi’s 2nd Annual Community Nights at Blue Moon Café and their 3rd Annual Zumbathon, Debina’s Dream’s 3rd Annual Volley for a Cure and 2nd Annual Soup for the Soul; Deen’s Daytrippers’ 2nd Annual Pasta for Parkinson’s; and the 3rd Annual Alabama Parkinson’s Fighter Walk.

No need to recreate the wheel! Do you see the word ANNUAL in each of those fundraiser titles? None of these walkers necessarily intended to do these events each year when they planned the first one but once they came up with their winning formula, they’ve decided to go with a sure thing. Many of these events have become a reunion of sorts and something the team’s supporters look forward to each year.

Talk to your team members. Together, brainstorm to come up with your own “winning formula.” Looking for ideas? Check out the Fundraising Event Ideas A-Z and the Parkinson’s CHAMP in Action page on our website. This is where we highlight the fundraisers our walkers create to raise funds for research. More tools are available on the Your Fundraising Events page and we’re only a phone call away if you want to discuss any of your fundraising ideas.

Look forward to hearing from you soon with your “winning formula” fundraising ideas.