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PDF Champions in Action

In this newsletter, we often tell readers the stories of our “PDF Champions,” and their success in raising funds for our research, education and advocacy programs.  Below is the latest from one of our marathoners. To learn more about how our staff can help you set up your own fundraising and awareness-raising event, browse the PDF Champions page.


Marathoner Raises $3,500 for PDF!

Several months ago, Jennifer Iaccarino approached the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) with a lofty goal.  She wanted to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s by running the New York City Marathon.  Using her own creative strategies and those offered through the PDF Champions Program, on November 1, she braved the 26.2 mile course and achieved her goal!

Jennifer Iaccarinio raised over $3,500 for Parkinson's Disease Foundation

PDF Champion, Jennifer Iaccarino and her family, after she completed the ING NYC Marathon.

Jennifer, who hails from Trumbull, CT, wanted to run for PD because she saw the impact that the disease had on several close friends who lived with it.  She chose the New York City Marathon as her Champion event, both because of the physical challenge it would present and because of the festive atmosphere the event brings to New York.

A former professional fundraiser who once worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Jennifer worked hard to get the word out by sending emails and letters to friends, family and neighbors.  Through her personal fundraising webpage on PDF’s website, she raised over $3,500 for PDF’s programs of research, education and advocacy! 

As she tells us, “I am amazed at how people have responded to my outreach with such generosity.  Everyone has realized just how badly we need a cure for this disease and with donations from family and friends, I have far surpassed my original goal.  I hope my contributions bring us closer to beating Parkinson’s.” 

PDF congratulates Jennifer and thanks her for her support!

Are you interested in becoming a PDF Champion?  Help PDF reach our goal of 30 events in 30 days in April for Parkinson’s Awareness Month!  Our staff can help you to plan your event.  To learn more, please contact us at or (800) 457-6676 or visit