November 25th, 2013 by Our Team
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.
November 4th, 2013 by Our Team
Imagine my delight when I got a phone call last year from Anna Costa, team captain of ”Banana’s Bunch”, asking if we were interested in having her husband’s company, Bimbo Bakeries, donate Entenmann’s Little Bites at the Unity Walk. Our response was an enthusiastic “YES” and we are grateful for the donation!
That was our introduction to the Costas and “Bananas Bunch” (formerly “Candy’s Angels”). We’ve gotten to know more about their connection to the Parkinson’s community and the Unity Walk, through Anna’s Parkinson’s CHAMP write up, which will be posted on our Parkinson’s CHAMP page soon. Our thanks to Anna for sharing her story with us. Stay tuned…
October 30th, 2013 by Our Team
An anniversary is a time to reflect. At the one year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy, those impacted by the storm are in our thoughts. Most individuals have recovered from the storm’s effect but many are still living with the impact of the damage. We wish them the resilience needed to persevere in the face of adversity and success in overcoming the challenges associated with restoring their homes and businesses.
July 29th, 2013 by Our Team
Pack your bags! The Unity Walk is on the go; actually, it’s our walkers along with their t-shirts that are traveling. We know many of you have vacations planned and we would love to hear from you. When you pack for your trip, make sure to include a PUW or team t-shirt. Take a photo of you or someone on your trip in the t-shirt, email it to us with a caption of where it was taken, and we’ll post it on our website/social media sites. You’ll continue to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease and the Unity Walk while you’re enjoying your vacation.
To get the ball rolling, this ”postcard” is from me while on a weekend getaway to NYC. It is taken in Central Park at 6:00am. That is when the free ticket line starts to form for Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. We waited six hours for the tickets and it was well worth it. The production was amazing, we met a lot of great people while we were on line, and the view of Belvedere Castle behind the Delacorte Theater at sunset transports you far from NYC.
The last time I was in Central Park at that hour was for the Unity Walk. Actually, for the Walk we get there much earlier than 6:00am! It’s a lot lighter at that hour in the summer than it is in April.
We look forward to receiving your photos and hope you are all enjoying your summer!
PUW Event Director