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PDF Research Advocate Partners with 21 Local Libraries in IL for Parkinsonís Awareness Month

Westchester, IL, resident Rosemary Sammons says knowledge is power in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. She is partnering with the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) to offer free educational resources at 21 libraries in the Chicago, IL, region this April, including the Westchester Public Library at 10700 Canterbury Street.

Ms. Sammons, who lives with Parkinson’s, is a volunteer Research Advocate with PDF. In recognition of April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month, she is answering PDF’s call to help others learn more about the disease. For the second year in a row, she has driven to 21 libraries in Chicago communities to help put together Parkinson’s awareness display tables for the entire month. The displays feature PDF’s free educational materials on Parkinson’s and how to get involved. They will also include local resources and free awareness posters.

“Working with my local libraries each year is one of the easiest ways to get involved for Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Sharing resources in public spaces helps reach others in the community affected by this disease,” says Ms. Sammons.

PDF President Robin Elliott said, “At PDF, we are grateful to Ms. Sammons for helping others to learn about the disease during Parkinson's Awareness Month. We see her actions as an investment in the future. We know that the sum of her individual actions, and those of others around the country, represent a strategy for bringing us closer to our goal of ending Parkinson's disease.”

Libraries in the IL communities listed below have coordinated with Ms. Sammons to feature educational resources for Parkinson’s Awareness Month:


Bellwood
Berkeley
Berwyn
Broadview
Brookfield
Cicero
Downers Grove
Elmhurst
Forest Park
Hillside
Hinsdale
La Grange
La Grange Park
Maywood
Melrose Park
North Riverside
Oak Park
River Forest
Westchester
Western Springs
Westmont

For more information about Ms. Sammons’ library displays or to order free educational materials, contact the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation at (800) 457-6676, info@pdf.org or www.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 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 www.pdf.org/pair.

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.

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Source Date: Apr 17 2014