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Philadelphia Resident Climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro, Raises $3,500 for Parkinsonís Disease

In late June, Philadelphia, PA resident Rachel Isenberg climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, in northeastern Tanzania. She tackled the highest mountain in Africa to benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF).

Rachel, an ESL instructor and tennis professional, became involved in the cause because Parkinson’s has affected two of her family members. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro was Rachel’s second “challenge” for Parkinson’s: last September, she raised funds for PDF’s research programs by running a half marathon in Philadelphia. For both “challenges,” Rachel partnered with the “PDF Champions” program, which assists grassroots fundraisers around the country.

Rachel, joined by a college friend for her journey, arrived at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro on June 13th. The pair set out on a five-day trek that took them through the rainforest and the tundra, guided by the moon as they climbed throughout the night. During this exciting journey, Rachel raised over $3,500 for PDF.

She said, “I love seeking out adventures that challenge me and wanted to add meaning to this trip. My grandfather had Parkinson’s late in his life and my mother currently struggles with it, so the fight against Parkinson’s is close to my heart. I’m grateful for the funds I was able to raise for PDF with the support of my dear family and friends.”

PDF Executive Director Robin Elliott said, “PDF Champions like Rachel remind me of what PDF does and why: because Parkinson’s disease has affected a friend or loved one – and one million other Americans – and we need to find a cure.  We applaud Rachel and our other grassroots fundraisers, whose efforts not only help PDF to fund the most promising research, but also serve to raise awareness in communities around the US about the impact of this disease.”

Those interested in donating to Rachel’s fundraiser can do so by contacting the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation by calling (800) 457-6676, emailing or visiting

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 to find the causes of and a cure for Parkinson's while supporting people with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers through educational programs and support services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has funded over $90 million worth of scientific research in Parkinson’s disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world and has dedicated over $37 million to support people with Parkinson's and their families and caregivers through its educational and advocacy programs.

Source Date: Jul 26 2011