Help cheer on our Champions! Support Parkinson's research by attending one of our PDF Champions' events around the country or cheering them on as they run, golf and walk for Parkinson's.
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Vice Chair of PDF Advisory Council to Kayak 50-Miles with Grandson in Lake Pend Oreille, ID, this July
A.C. Woolnough of Sandpoint, ID, and his nine-year-old grandson Nathan will Paddle for Parkinson’s this July. Over the course of the month, starting on Sunday July 17, they will kayak 50 miles around Lake Pend Oreille, ID, and other lakes in the region to benefit PDF.
“I want to be the last generation living with Parkinson’s. That’s why I’m dedicating this kayaking adventure in memory of my late father to support PDF’s efforts to end the disease,” says Mr. Woolnough, Vice Chair of PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council.
Stanley Fenn, of Idaho Falls, ID, is "Going to the Sky for Parkinson’s." The 72-year-old pilot who lives with Parkinson’s will fly his plane from Idaho to Wisconsin, landing in every state west of the Mississippi River, to raise funds for PDF. His trip begins on Friday, July 22 in Rigby, ID.
“I have always loved adventure and challenging myself. Since my diagnosis of Parkinson's in 2008, I have not changed my philosophy one bit. Why not land my plane in as many states as possible to raise funds for PDF and raise awareness of Parkinson’s? I want to encourage everyone to keep moving, keep motivated, keep setting goals and let's beat this disease!” says Mr. Fenn.
Jamie Malam of Huntington Beach, CA, is setting his wheels in motion to help end Parkinson’s. Beginning on Thursday, July 28, he will ride his bicycle more than 514 miles over six days from San Francisco to Huntington Beach, CA. He is embarking on the Cycle for a Cure in honor of both his father-in-law who lives with Parkinson’s and his father, who lives with pulmonary fibrosis. A portion of the proceeds raised will benefit PDF.
“My father-in-law is very active and loves tennis and soccer. His Parkinson’s diagnosis dramatically impacted his life and our whole family. This is the first time I am doing a physical challenge of this magnitude and I know that every effort, no matter how big or small, helps make a difference,” says Mr. Malam.
PDF Champion to Hike Maclaren Glacier, AK, in 8th Annual Summer Challenge for PDF
Since 2008, Rachel Isenberg of Philadelphia, PA, has scaled mountains, biked across states and ran half marathons each summer to raise more than $27,000 for PDF. For her latest summer challenge, she is hiking more than 12 miles with her friend at the Maclaren Glacier and paddling 10 miles along the Maclaren River in Alaska beginning Tuesday, August 2.
“Hiking in Alaska has been a dream of mine. Being able to do this as a summer challenge for Parkinson's to honor my mom, who faces her disease with strength and grace, is truly incredible. As time goes on, sharing these physical endeavors with my wonderful friends and family and drawing their support for PDF becomes even more meaningful,” says Ms. Isenberg.
People with Parkinson's Advisory Council Fundraising for Community Choice Research Awards
PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council is on a mission this year to raise $25,000 for PDF's research programs.
Calling on their friends and family to help them reach their goal, funds raised will support a special initiative, the Community Choice Research Awards. These awards, chosen by the Parkinson’s community, address the very serious, but often unmet needs in Parkinson’s including fatigue and gastrointestinal function.
Meet the members of Team PPAC who are going beyond the call of duty guiding PDF's work for the Parkinson's community.
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