2021 Parkinson’s Unity Walk Raises Over $600,000 in Donations; Now Funding Research

(KINGSTON, N.J. October 8, 2021) -- The 2021 Parkinson's Unity Walk raised and has distributed over $600,000 in Parkinson's research grants. This amount represents donations from 145 teams and nearly 4,000 donors.

100% of donations continue to support research funded by the following four major U.S. Parkinson's organizations: American Parkinson Disease Association, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, The Parkinson Alliance, and Parkinson's Foundation.

Our website features summaries of the 2021 grants and updates on the studies funded in 2020 and 2019.

The 2021 research projects include the following:

  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research is using its 2021 grant distribution to support two research projects:
    • Creation of an intelligibility app for people with Parkinson’s disease to allow them to effectively communicate in their daily environment, especially in noisy situations, and to self-monitor their voice changes over time.
    • The Heads-Up trial will evaluate a well-known, straightforward but understudied and widely underutilized intervention for autonomic dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease: sleeping in head-up tilt.
  • Parkinson's Foundation aims to determine how dopamine agonist interacts with one vulnerable brain region, the striatum, to increase the risk of impulse control disorder (ICD). A better understanding of how ICD develops would inform prevention and treatment strategies for ICD in Parkinson’s disease.

  • The Parkinson Alliance is using its funding for an implementation study of remote synchronous and asynchronous telehealth evaluations for the pre-surgical assessment of deep brain stimulation candidacy in Parkinson’s disease.

  • American Parkinson Disease Association is testing the hypothesis that exercise can reduce Parkinson’s disease associated pathology in the brain by using behavioral exercise interventions in mice to better understand the molecular underpinnings of the neuroprotective effects of exercise.

The Parkinson's Unity Walk is the largest single-day grassroots fundraiser for Parkinson's disease in the US. The efforts of all our supporters, teams, walkers, volunteers, donors, and sponsors make possible this research that improves the quality of life for those living with Parkinson's disease and, ultimately, strives to find the cause and a cure for this disease.

Click here to learn more about the results of the 2021 Parkinson's Unity Walk.

The 28th Parkinson's Unity Walk will take place in April of 2022. Please continue to check our website at unitywalk.org for updates.