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Minnesota Research Advocate's Design Wins Parkinsonís Awareness Month T-Shirt Contest

Bloomington, MN, resident Ruth Lotzer’s design came out on top in the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s (PDF) Fifth Annual Parkinson’s Awareness Month T-Shirt Design Contest. Her design, with the words, “You Can Make a Difference in the Fight Against Parkinson’s,” is printed on thousands of t-shirts to be worn around the country to raise awareness this April.

Last month, Ms. Lotzer’s design was selected as one of five finalists’ designs by a committee of judges that reviewed submissions from around the US. Her design was ultimately voted the winner by the general public in an online vote. Her design features a hand-drawn version of PDF’s signature green and yellow tulip in the center of a frame, which encapsulates the phrase, “You Can Make a Difference in the Fight Against Parkinson’s.”

Ms. Lotzer, 52, is a retired kindergarten teacher, who has lived with young onset Parkinson’s disease since 2002. She has been involved with the cause as a volunteer PDF Research Advocate and as an artist, by creating crafts and pins for Parkinson’s awareness. She says PDF’s t-shirt contest is another outlet to inspire others through a simple action.

“I want people to know that getting involved in the fight against Parkinson’s doesn't have to be complicated. You don't have to be famous or be a big shot. Anyone can do it! Find what you like to do best and do it for PD,” says Ms. Lotzer.

PDF President Robin Elliott said, "We thank Ms. Lotzer for illustrating so beautifully the impact of each person's efforts in the fight against Parkinson's. Individuals across the country can join Ms. Lotzer in making a difference this April, with an action as simple as wearing the t-shirt she has designed."

Ms. Lotzer’s design can be purchased in PDF’s online store, with proceeds benefitting PDF’s research programs. It will also be distributed to participants of the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York City on Saturday, April 26.

For more information or to order PDF’s Parkinson’s Awareness Month T-Shirt, 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 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.


Source Date: Mar 03 2014