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Five Leading Regional Parkinson's Organizations, Supported by the Parkinson's Disease Foundationģ, Announce Collaborative Alliance

Alliance Leverages Independent Nonprofit Strengths to Enrich Programs for Parkinsonís Community

(New York, NY) The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation® (PDF®) is pleased to announce its support of the Alliance of Independent Regional Parkinson Organizations (AIRPO), a consortium recently formed with the shared goals of finding a cure for Parkinson’s and supporting those who live with the disease. AIRPO encourages collaboration, leverages organizational strengths and maximizes efficiency amongst its founding member organizations, which include the Houston Area Parkinson Society, Michigan Parkinson Foundation, Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, Parkinson Association of the Carolinas and Parkinson Association of the Rockies.

AIRPO formalizes a collaboration that began five years ago between PDF and several independent regional nonprofit organizations. AIRPO, by leveraging each member’s unique expertise, will enrich programs available to the Parkinson’s disease community and build a support network for the member organizational leaders. PDF will offer AIRPO administrative guidance and support.  

“Each AIRPO member organization seeks to address the diverse challenges facing the Parkinson’s disease community. AIRPO allows us to develop solutions to these challenges together. Having the opportunity to learn from each other, and in some cases to work together, will enhance our collective ability to serve people with Parkinson’s disease,” noted Anne Thobae, Chair of AIRPO and Executive Director of the Houston Area Parkinson Society, in Houston, TX.

Robin Elliott, President of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation noted, “PDF is proud to collaborate with these outstanding organizations, all of which work tirelessly to meet the needs of people who live with Parkinson’s disease and their families. Together, we will ensure we are doing our best for those to whom we are held accountable – people with Parkinson’s disease and their families.”

To be accepted to AIRPO, members must be independent nonprofit organizations and have a mission that is clearly dedicated to improving the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease. Nonprofit Parkinson’s organizations that are interested in learning about AIRPO should contact PDF at info@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 Alliance of Independent Regional Parkinson Organizations
The Alliance of Independent Regional Parkinson Organizations (AIRPO) is a consortium of regional independent nonprofit organizations, with the shared goals of finding a cure for Parkinson’s and supporting those who live with the disease. AIRPO aims to enrich programs available to the Parkinson’s disease community by encouraging collaboration, leveraging organizational strengths and maximizing efficiency amongst its founding member organizations, which include: Houston Area Parkinson Society, Michigan Parkinson Foundation, Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, Parkinson Association of the Carolinas and Parkinson Association of the Rockies. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation offers administrative support to AIRPO.

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 disease by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson's disease through educational programs and services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated $100 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and $42 million to support education and advocacy programs.

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Source Date: Jan 29 2014