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Advocate Partners with IN Library System to Kick Off Parkinsonís Awareness Month

Evansville, IN, native Karen Smith is booking the month of April at her local libraries to educate others for Parkinson's Awareness Month. She is partnering with the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library system to offer free educational resources for the community throughout the month.

Each year, the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) encourages people to find creative ways to make a difference during April. Ms. Smith, a veteran of the pharmaceutical industry and member of the PDF's People with Parkinson's Advisory Council, has devoted herself to making a difference since her diagnosis at age 42. In her role with PDF, she regularly provides input on the organization's research, education and advocacy programs. For April, she decided to partner with PDF and local libraries to raise public awareness and provide resources to those living with Parkinson's disease.

The community information areas of the Central Library and the seven other branches of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library system will include Parkinson's awareness displays during the month of April. They will offer free PDF educational materials, awareness posters and bookmarks.

"Presenting materials on Parkinson's disease in libraries is a unique way of reaching people who might not be familiar with the disease or attend Parkinson's related events. As a lifelong patron of my library, this is an exciting venture and way of introducing others to Parkinson's disease," says Ms. Smith on her partnership with the Evansville libraries.

Robin Elliott, Executive Director of PDF, said "At PDF, we are inspired by Ms. Smith's dedication to raising public awareness and ensuring members of her community have access to the latest information about Parkinson's disease. Her outreach to her library system is a perfect example of the creative ways in which individuals can make a difference in the fight against Parkinson's disease this April."

Those interested in learning more about Ms. Smith's Evansville library displays or ordering free educational materials such as PDF's toolkit, 30 Ways to Raise Awareness of Parkinson's, may contact the Parkinson's Disease Foundation by calling (800) 457-6676 or emailing

To view the Parkinson's awareness displays coordinated by Ms. Smith, stop by the community information racks at the Central Library on 200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. or the East, McCollough, North Park, Oaklyn, Red Bank, Stringtown or West branches.

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. PDF is working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson's disease 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: Apr 04 2013