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PDF Champion to Bike 430 Miles Across Pennsylvania to Raise Funds for Research

Philadelphia, PA resident Rachel Isenberg is setting her wheels in motion for Parkinson’s research. She and her good friend, Erin Williams, will embark on a bicycle ride of over 430 miles from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia in a five day trek, which kicks off on Saturday, August 18 to raise money for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) in honor of her mother.

Rachel, an English language instructor and tennis professional, is no stranger to taking on physical challenges for charity. The avid athlete has raised more than $10,000 for PDF in the last three years by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2011 and running a half marathon in 2010. The cause is close to her heart as her grandfather battled Parkinson’s disease in the later stages of his life and her mother currently lives with Parkinson’s.

Rachel remarks on her continued dedication to the cause, “For a disease that doesn’t have a clear solution, funding Parkinson’s research is a really important and necessary way to help. I want to do my part to help my mother with what she deals with everyday. I love pushing myself and taking on these physical challenges that have a meaningful dimension.”

Rachel hopes to raise over $4,400 through PDF Champions, the grassroots fundraising arm of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. She is just $200 away from her goal after receiving contributions from family and friends.

PDF Executive Director Robin Elliott said, “We are grateful for PDF Champions like Rachel who are dedicated to funding the most promising research and raising awareness about the impact of Parkinson’s. Her continued efforts to help PDF improve the lives and futures of the nearly one million people across the country living with Parkinson’s are inspiring.”

To donate to Rachel’s fundraising efforts please visit her personal fundraising page at For more information contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, or

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 $96 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $40 million to support national education and advocacy programs.


Source Date: Dec 31 1969