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"After 50 years, PDF is still blazing trails and setting an example for others."
--Greg W., Parkinson's advocate
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy. We are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson’s through educational programs and services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $105 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $44 million to support national education and advocacy initiatives.
PDF recently took on the role of providing administrative support for the Alliance of Independent Regional Parkinson Organizations (AIRPO), a consortium with the shared goals of finding a cure for Parkinson’s and providing support for those who live with it. AIRPO formalizes an association that began in 2009 between PDF and five independent nonprofit organizations: the Houston Area Parkinson Society, Michigan Parkinson Foundation, Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, Parkinson Association of the Rockies and The Parkinson’s Association. Each regional organization retains its status as an independent nonprofit organization. PDF provides administrative support and guidance.