In the three months since our last issue of News & Review, many community members have inspired us with their stories of making a difference in the fight against Parkinson’s. Here are just a few:
In 2008, PDF launched the Parkinson's Advocates in Research (PAIR) program. Now, there are 200 Research Advocates working to speed new treatments, including 26 new advocates (photo one) who underwent training in October in Oak Brook, IL. Meanwhile, PDF Research Advocate Brian Baehr (photo two) hosted a PAIR educational table at the APDA/Banner Sun Health Power Over Parkinson’s Conference on October 25 in Peoria, AZ. PDF Research Advocates Sister Mary Daniel and Carol Harrison and Carol's daughter Lara (photos three and four) raised awareness at a New Orleans Saints game on September 23.
PDF Champions are the individuals raising awareness and funds for Parkinson’s in their local communities. On October 29, Sean Wright of Marietta, GA, S Jane Schrick of Sunnyvale, CA, Elizabeth Claps of Washington, DC, and Jessie Gunter of Blacksburg, VA (pictured left to right in photos one and two) ran the Marine Corps Marathon and raised $20,000! Sean ran for stepdad Gary Chard (photo three), who lives with PD. S Jane (photo four), who ran for her brother and the patients she cares for as a nurse, wrote on her shirt (photo five), “Matt, Joe, Ed and Michael live with Parkinson’s 24/7. I can do 26.2.”
Ashley Garrett of Pensacola, FL, ran the Rock 'n' Roll Denver Marathon on September 22, in honor of friend Randi (photo one), while Vivian Wang (photo two) took on the Richmond Marathon on November 16. Stacey Catapano (photo three) hosted "Grand Opening Cocktail Party" at her Brooklyn Makeup Studio on September 20, while 11-year old Lauren Blum (left, in photo four) held a Zumbathon in Winchester, VA, on November 10, in honor of her mom and dad. On November 3, PDF hosted, A Late Quartet: Screening and Conversation with Director Yaron Zilberman. This film, produced by Entertainment One Films, stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Mark Ivanir and Christopher Walken as a string quartet struggling to stay together in the face of Parkinson's.