We hear from our walkers all the time that there are many different aspects of the Unity Walk that they appreciate – the sense of community created in Central Park; the hope, optimism and support they feel from one another; and the educational and informational resources available at the sponsor and foundation booths. All of that is consistent with our own experience of the Walk. I am always struck by the resilience, positive energy and humor of those who attend. Getting to know our walkers and teams is one of the most satisfying aspects of my role as Event Director of the Unity Walk. You are an amazing group of individuals!
While all of the above is important, the BOTTOM LINE for many of our walkers is the knowledge that 100% of the funds raised support research. I am always mindful of that priority and focus, but never more so than when we post the research projects funded by the Unity Walk on our website. Exploring the role of alpha- synuclein in Parkinson’s disease; gene therapy to re-establish functioning by restoring axons of surviving dopamine neurons; or new delivery systems that will reduce motor fluctuations and “off-time” – these are all examples of research funded with YOUR dollars. We never know which research project is the one that will take us closer to finding a cure, so funding seven different organizations with every dollar is a good investment. And until the cure is found, we also fund research that focuses on improving the quality of life of those living with Parkinson’s disease.
Check the “Where Your Money Goes” page on our website to read through the 2013 research grants that were awarded and updates on 2011 and 2012 grants.