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Teacher in NY Inspires Second Graders to Make a Difference this April for Parkinsonís Awareness Month

Staten Island, NY native Deirdre Murphy Cruz has a penny for her students' thoughts on how they can help make a difference this April, for Parkinson's Awareness Month. She and her students at Our Lady Help of Christians in Tottenville are collecting Pennies for Parkinson's to benefit the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF).

Mrs. Cruz, 25, is a second grade teacher at Our Lady Help of Christians. Because of connections to Parkinson's disease in her family, she was inspired to get her class involved in the cause. Working with the PDF Champions program, the grassroots fundraising arm of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, she along with 15 of her students and their parents are collecting small change for the duration of April. She hopes Pennies for Parkinson's will serve as a lesson to her students on how everyone can play a part in making a difference and help raise funds for research.

"Parkinson's disease is one of those diseases you do not hear much about. I want to help any family I can by contributing as much as we can raise," remarks Mrs. Cruz on her motivation.

PDF Executive Director Robin Elliott said, "At PDF, we are inspired everyday by all types of PDF Champions, from those who organize walks, or host bake sales, to those like Mrs. Cruz who collect Pennies for Parkinson's at school. The work of Mrs. Cruz and her students reminds us that the fight against Parkinson's disease comes in all shapes and sizes and that every donation makes a difference."

To support Mrs. Cruz' fundraising efforts or to get your school involved in the Parkinson's cause, 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: Apr 10 2013