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PDF Research Advocates Partner with Local Libraries in TN for Parkinsonís Awareness Month

Local volunteers Howard Patterson and Mary Ann Kann of Collierville and Memphis, TN, respectively are booking the month of April at their local libraries in recognition of Parkinson’s Awareness Month. They are partnering with the Lucius E. and Elsie C. Burch, Jr. Library and YMCA in Collierville and the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in Memphis, along with the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) to offer free resources to library visitors.

Mr. Patterson and Ms. Kann, who both live with Parkinson’s disease, are already active as volunteer Research Advocates with PDF. For the month of April, they are answering PDF’s call to help others learn about Parkinson’s disease. In partnership with their local libraries and the YMCA, they have put together Parkinson’s awareness display tables, which will include free educational materials about the disease and how to get involved. They will also offer listings of local resources and free awareness posters.

“I hope that these displays reach others who may be on the same journey with Parkinson’s or feeling the way I felt when I was first diagnosed,” says Mr. Patterson. “Our goal is to also bring more awareness to the general public about Parkinson’s and especially emphasize how research and clinical trials can help us get closer to a cure.”

Those in the area who are interested in learning about Parkinson’s disease, can visit one of three displays on various days in April.

  • Mr. Patterson’s display table at the Lucius E. and Elsie C. Burch, Jr. Library can be found in the entrance lobby of the library on Saturday, April 5 and Saturday, April 19, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The library is located at 501 Poplar View Parkway in Collierville.
  • Mr. Patterson will host a second display at the YMCA at Schilling Farms on Saturday, April 12 and April 26 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, which is located at 1185 Schilling Boulevard East in Collierville.
  • Ms. Kann has helped to set up a display on the first floor of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on 3030 Poplar Avenue in Memphis through Saturday, April 19. Visitors who have questions about Parkinson’s disease can speak with Ms. Kann directly by visiting the display on Saturdays through April 19 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

PDF President Robin Elliott said, “At PDF, we are inspired by the efforts of Ms. Kann and Mr. Patterson to ensure their communities have access to the latest information about Parkinson’s disease. We know that the sum of these individual actions represents a strategy for bringing us closer to our goal of ending Parkinson's disease.”

For more information about Mr. Patterson’s and Ms. Kann’s library displays or to order free educational materials, contact the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation 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 disease.

About Parkinson's Advocates in Research
As a signature program of PDF, Parkinson's Advocates in Research (PAIR) is bringing together the people who live with Parkinson's disease and the people who are developing new therapies with one goal: better treatments at a faster pace. Through in-person trainings and an online course, the PAIR program provides people touched by Parkinson's disease with the skills needed to pair up with scientists and health professionals. By collaborating with research institutions, the PAIR program facilitates partnerships between Research Advocates and professionals at the frontlines of research. The cornerstone of the program is a national network of more than 230 Research Advocates from 42 states who speed drug development, increase trial participation and inform the Parkinson's disease community about research. Learn more at

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 $100 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $42 million to support national education and advocacy programs.


Source Date: Apr 04 2014