PDF News and Events
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month
Get ready to spread the word, educate yourself and support the cure in April 2013 by ordering the PDF toolkit, awareness bracelets, stickers and more!
Place: New York, NY
Date: To be determined
Enjoy a night of cocktails and dancing to benefit PDF’s research programs.
(800) 457-6676 | www.pdf.org/celebrate_spring
Parkinson’s Unity Walk
Place: Central Park, New York, NY
Date: Saturday, April 27
Join a one-mile walk to raise funds for PD research.
(866) PUW-WALK | www.unitywalk.org
PDF Board Member Stephen Flood Steps Down, Becomes Director Emeritus
The Board of Directors of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) has accepted with regret, and with gratitude for his service, the resignation of Stephen B. Flood, Esq., of Naples, FL. Mr. Flood, formerly a senior partner at Wilkie Farr and Gallagher, LLP, has been a valued member of the PDF Board for more than 20 years. The Board notes the qualities that marked Mr. Flood’s service, including, “intelligence, a gracious demeanor, hard work, independence of mind and passion.” The Board voted to confer on Mr. Flood the honorific title of Director Emeritus.
In Memoriam: PDF Mourns Passing of Friends and PD Community Advocates
Ivan Suzman, of Portland, ME, a former PDF News & Review contributor and a long-time lay leader of the Maine Parkinson’s community, passed away on March 14. Editor of “The Parkinson's Mailbag,” from 2002-2006, Mr. Suzman lived with Parkinson's for 29 years and spent his career in academia, most recently at the University of New England's College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Joe Brown, husband of Nina Brown (who lives with Parkinson’s), of Houston, TX, passed away on October 10. The Browns founded Texans for Advancement of Medical Research (TAMR) and The Alliance for Medical Research (TAMR-Ed), and were among the first to work with PDF’s Parkinson’s Advocates in Research (PAIR) program.
Former Senator Arlen Specter (D, PA), a longtime US Senator, passed away on October 14. Sen. Specter was known as a staunch supporter of biomedical research and a leading advocate for funding for the National Institutes of Health, most recently winning a Congressional appropriation of $10 billion in federal support for medical research as part of the federal stimulus plan.
Paula Wittekind, of Cocoa, FL, a longtime advocate and friend, passed away on November 8. She was co-founder of the Parkinson Pipeline Project, advocating for new treatments and the inclusion of people with PD in the process, and a Parkinson’s Action Network Florida State Coordinator.