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Winchester Family of PDF Champions Fights Parkinsonís Disease with Zumbathon Dance Benefit on Saturday, November 10

Winchester, VA resident Lauren Blum wants the community to dance for a difference for people with Parkinson’s disease, including her father who lives with the disease. The 11-year-old is holding a Zumbathon on Saturday, November 10 to benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the James Wood Middle School gymnasium in Winchester.

With her coming-of-age Bat Mitzvah on the horizon, Lauren wanted to complete a charity project as is custom of the Jewish tradition. Her father Tim was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s in 2002 – part of a minority as only four percent of people with Parkinson’s are diagnosed before the age of 50. Working with the PDF Champions program, the grassroots fundraising arm of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, she hopes to raise $500 for the Parkinson’s cause by throwing a Zumba dance fitness party. Proceeds raised from the popular aerobic class will be split between PDF and a multiple sclerosis organization. As her mother Carie lives with multiple sclerosis, Lauren is dedicating her project to both of her parents.

Lauren remarks, “I am doing this to help find a cure for my mom and dad and to help make sure my kids in the future don't have to live with Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis.”

The Zumbathon costs $10 to attend. It will feature a raffle of various types of prizes, which was organized by Lauren and her older brother Craig, with all proceeds benefitting both causes. Lauren will also be selling hair bows and bookmarks that she designed to help raise funds. Her father Tim will speak about his experience with Parkinson’s and share educational publications about the disease.

“We want to share our experiences as a family affected by these diseases and educate people about what Parkinson’s is,” said her mother Carie.

PDF Executive Director Robin Elliott said, “We are grateful for PDF Champions like the Blum family who are dedicated to funding the most promising research and raising awareness about the impact of Parkinson’s. Their 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 support the Blums’ fundraising efforts for Parkinson’s, visit their personal donation page here or for more information contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, info@pdf.org or www.pdf.org.

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.

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Source Date: Nov 07 2012