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Irving G. Brilliant Challenges Community to Match $100,000 Gift for Parkinsonís Research

A New York businessman has announced he will donate up to $100,000 to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), matching all other donations made up to that amount by Saturday, April 30.

Support the Brilliant Challenge!

Mr. Irving G. Brilliant, J.D., made the announcement just before the start of April’s Parkinson’s Awareness Month 2011 to spur philanthropic interest in scientific research seeking the cause(s) of and a cure for the disease.

Mr. Brilliant, a long-time resident of Brooklyn, NY, was diagnosed with the disease in 2003.  A Harvard-trained attorney, Mr. Brilliant spent most of his career on Wall Street.  At a young age, he sat on the US legal team at the Nuremberg trials prosecuting leaders of Nazi Germany. While Mr. Brilliant found professional success, he never changed his practice of walking each morning from his home in Brooklyn to lower Manhattan’s Wall Street, greeting along the way each doorman on Flatbush Ave.

After Mr. Brilliant’s diagnosis, he learned first-hand about the challenges of the chronic and progressive disease, for which there is no cure.  With his gift, he is supporting research to help scientists better understand and develop treatments for people living with Parkinson’s.

As Mr. Brilliant said, “I am acutely aware each day, as are the nearly one million people in the US that live with Parkinson’s, of the need for a new and improved treatments for this disease.  I am deeply committed to supporting the scientific research programs of PDF in order to come closer to this goal.  This April, during Awareness Month, I also ask the community to remember this need and act now.”

Robin Elliott, Executive Director of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, noted, “The Irving G. Brilliant challenge asks the public to recognize the urgency that we in the Parkinson’s community have when looking for new therapies and a cure for this disease. As many people have told us – time is not neutral.  So, we thank Mr. Brilliant not only for his terrific gift, but for inspiring others to give – now, while the challenge is in effect!”

To donate to the Irving G. Brilliant Challenge, call (800) 457-6676, email info@pdf.org. or visit http://support.pdf.org/challenge2011. All funds will support PDF’s research programs.

About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US.  Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s.

About the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
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 $85 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $34 million to support national education and advocacy programs.



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Source Date: Mar 30 2011