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US Senate Declares April Parkinson's Awareness Month

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is pleased to report that the US Senate passed a resolution on April 20 officially recognizing April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month. The resolution helps raise awareness for the one million Americans living with Parkinson's disease.

According to the Parkinson’s Action Network, the resolution was introduced by Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Senate co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease. Senator Isakson announced his own Parkinson’s diagnosis last year.

In addition to designating April 2016 as Parkinson’s Awareness Month, the resolution also:

  • Expresses support for research to develop more effective treatments and to ultimately find a cure for Parkinson's.
  • Recognizes the contributions of individuals living with Parkinson's disease who participate in clinical trials.
  • Commends the dedication of organizations, volunteers, researchers and millions of individuals in the United States working to improve the quality of life for individuals with Parkinson's disease and their families.

PDF applauds this official recognition of Parkinson’s Awareness Month. It is one among many ways in which the Parkinson’s community is working to end Parkinson’s disease this month. 

As part of its strategy to #EndParkinsons by mobilizing leaders in science, health care and the patient community, the Parkinson's Disease Foundation offers free tools to empower its team to raise awareness. This April, invite the community to take advantage of our online and print resources, including a free online and print toolkit, a free social media badge, free posters available in English and Spanish, free tree ribbons, as well as awareness tools for purchase, including the official Parkinson's Awareness T-Shirt designed by 13-year-old Lea Dempsey of Princeton, NJ, in honor of her grandfather who lived with Parkinson's disease.

Browse PDF's free tools by visiting or contacting PDF at (800) 457-6676 or

PAN is the voice of the Parkinson's community in Washington, DC. In fiscal year 2016, PDF is supporting PAN with a grant of $200,000.