2 posts tagged “National Parkinson Foundation”

Making a difference for Parkinson’s disease in April

Posted April 2nd, 2014 by

 

After getting diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), PatientsLikeMe member Ed recalled “I needed to talk to people who had the disease, because only they knew what it was like…and could help me get through that initial shock… we can do much better fighting the disease as a group than we can as individuals.” And that’s why all throughout April, everyone impacted by PD is coming together to get the word out for Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

PD is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that affects around 1 million people in the United States, and symptoms of the condition include tremors, stiffness and impaired balance. There is no known cure for PD, but medication and surgical options can sometimes relieve a few symptoms.1

To get PD Awareness Month started, check out one of the many events being organized in April by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) and the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF). You can join the NPF’s Team Hope, get involved in the PDF’s Parkinson’s Advocates in Research (PAIR) program and find local Parkinson’s resources and organizations.

If you or someone you know has been recently diagnosed with PD, head over to the PD community at PatientsLikeMe, where over 8,000 members are tracking their symptoms and sharing their experiences.

Spoiler alert! That isn’t all Ed had to say about his own experiences and what sharing on PatientsLikeMe means to him. Keep an eye on the blog later this month; we’ll be posting his recent video interview.


1 http://www.pdf.org/en/about_pd


Six Days Until the Parkinson’s Unity Walk

Posted April 23rd, 2012 by

Parkinson's Unity Walk Is Saturday, April 28, 2012

Parkinson’s Awareness Month isn’t over yet!  This month-long effort is capped off by the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, which takes place Saturday, April 28th, in New York City’s Central Park.

The largest grassroots awareness event for Parkinson’s disease (PD), the Unity Walk is anticipated to attract more than 10,000 participants.  If you’ve never attended something of that size, it’s quite a lot of people.  Beyond the sheer scope of the event, there’s another noteworthy fact:  100% of all donations go towards research supported by the seven major US Parkinson’s foundations.*  In 2011, that came to more than $1.5 million!

The 2009 Unity Walk in Progress

Now in its 18th year, the Unity Walk is an opportunity for solidarity amongst the different PD organizations.  Admirably, these groups have shown there’s no need to compete for funds when you can come together as one.  “This event truly unifies the whole Parkinson’s community behind a common mission—supporting the best, cutting-edge research,” says Joyce Oberdorf, President and CEO of the National Parkinson Foundation.  “It is like no other.”

A PatientsLikeMe Member and Her Family at the 2009 Unity Walk Start Gate

What’s new for 2012?  First, there’s a new 1.4 mile walk route in Central Park – slightly longer than 2011 but shorter than in previous years.  (It is wheelchair accessible.)  There will be free coffee served this year, and there will also be four food trucks on hand.  Another fun feature is the Team Photo Booth.  Get a printed copy of your photo right away and then download a digital copy later from the vendor website.  Learn about other new aspects here.

Over the years, PatientsLikeMe has sponsored a number of Unity Walk teams through our PatientsLikeMeInMotion program, which provides bright blue T-shirts, a monetary donation and more.  We’ve also attended the Unity Walk and interviewed some of the PatientsLikeMe members present.  Check out the short one-minute video below featuring four members of Team PatientsLikeMe at the 2010 Unity Walk.  (Find other Unity Walk interviews on our YouTube channel.)

*All Unity Walk donations are split evenly among these seven US organizations:  American Parkinson Disease Association, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, National Parkinson Foundation, Parkinson’s Action Network, The Parkinson Alliance, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center.