I recently had the opportunity to express my thoughts about the tragic death of Robin Williams for the good folks at The New Republic. I’m happy to say and thank you all for receiving it so well. If you missed it, and would like to take a look at it, here’s the link: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119108/robin-williams-death-was-great-loss-parkinsons-awareness
I have to hand it to the ALS Association on a brilliantly executed social and fundraising campaign in their “The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” campaign. I tip my hat to the viral fervor and momentum that has spread so fast. Raising $80 million dollars in just a matter of months sets an example and is a challenge, that few organizations can match or achieve.
In June, I was fortunate to have attended the Partners in Parkinson’s (PiP) event in NYC, put on by the Michael J Fox Foundation, Abbvie, and The Davis Phinney Foundation. It was a day of education and learning to live well with Parkinson’s. I’m honored to be the co-ambassador for the Partners in Parkinson’s event in Washington, DC on October 12th at the Washington Hilton. If you are dealing with Parkinson’s and can join us, I encourage you to learn more about this event. The event is free. To learn more and register online visit: https://www.partnersinparkinsons.org/attend-an-event
Please share this information with friends and your support group members.
There’s a whole host of Parkinson’s educational events coming up this fall. I encourage you to add these to your calendar. Here’s a listing of some of the ones I’m aware of:
September 10 – December 10
Hampton Roads APDA Chapter
Click this link to view the brochure for the series speakers and titles –http://hrparkinsons.com/events/fall-2014-therapy-matters/
A series focused on the diversity and impact of therapies for neurological conditions. To RSVP for one or the entire series of sessions, please call 757-495-4211 or visit http://ourladyperpetualhelp.com/happenings
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Caring for Parkinson’s, Caring for YOU – Parkinson’s Symposium
Parkinson Association of the Carolinas
9:30am – 1:00pm
Calvary Church, Crown Room, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC 28226
This is a FREE educational symposium with keynote speaker, Dr. Danielle Englert, a movement disorder specialist with Carolinas Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.
For more information, visit: http://www.parkinsonassociation.org/events/symposium/
Saturday, September 13, 2014
The Heights Baptist Church, 201 W. Renner Road, Richardson, Texas 75080
Join us for a family-fun performance by The LOUD Crowd from the Parkinson Voice Project. Enjoy 1960s music, along with the endearing antics of Lamb Chop and Mallory Lewis, the daughter of Shari Lewis, who first introduced the charming sock puppet.
FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 469-375-6500
Wednesday, October 1
Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner
Parkinson’s Action Network
Join the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) and the Parkinson’s community for the Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner in Washington, DC on Wednesday, October 1.
PAN will present Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) with the Morris K. Udall Award for Public Service and Israel Robledo, Texas State Director, with the Milly Kondracke Award for Outstanding Advocacy. In addition to the award presentations, there will be a red carpet reception with on-camera interviews and entertainment. The highlight of the event will be a special guest in a
one-on-one interview with good friend of PAN and recent National Humanities Medal Awardee Diane Rehm.
To learn more or purchase tickets, contact Christopher Vance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-4101 x108 or
visit the PAN website for more information.
Saturday October 11, 2014
2014 Richmond Parkinson’s Disease Community Education Day
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 11220 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059
Sponsored by: Virginia Commonwealth University Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, University of Virginia Parkinson’s Disease Center, APDA Richmond Metro, and Richmond PADRECC
People with Parkinson’s disease (PD), their family and friends, or anyone interested in learning more about PD are invited to the annual Parkinson’s Community Education Day.
Registration is $25 per person and includes continental breakfast, lunch & afternoon refreshments.
General sessions include:
Integrative Medicine – Dr. Monique Giroux, DBS & Quality of Life – Dr. Kathryn Holloway, Nutrition – Dr. Marian Evatt
Break out session offerings:
Exercise – Dr. Jeff Hoder, Video Game Research – Dr. Ben Herz,, Caregiver/Care Partner Challenges, PD 101
Visit the conference website for a full agenda, hotel accommodation rates and location information. http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9en180b79579468&llr=6gtnvbkab
Sunday, October 12, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Partners in Parkinson’s – Washington DC
Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Partners in Parkinson’s (PiP) is a free educational event for people with Parkinson’s and their families by the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The program features presentations and panel discussions with local Parkinson’s specialists, research experts and patient panelists. It also includes a resource fair to connect attendees with local support groups, clinical sites, allied healthcare providers, and more. For more information or to register, visit www.partnersinparkinsons.org .
There are also PiP events in Atlanta 9/13, Boston 9/20, Philadelphia 10/18, Chicago 11/1, Denver 11/8, and Los Angeles 12/6.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Johns Hopkins Movement Disorders Symposium
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
BWI Airport Marriott
1743 W. Nursery Rd
Linthicum, MD 21090
Register today to learn more about the latest in the management of movement disorders from experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine and other health organizations in Maryland.
Contact: Bailey Vernon, 410-616-2811to learn more or to register. Or visit this website for an agenda and brochure for the event.
November 13 – 16, 2014
The Victory Summit® Symposium and Parkinson’s Community Weekend
Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina