NPF joins forces with Parkinson Association of the South

7/18/2012

The National Parkinson Foundation is pleased to announce a new affiliation with the Parkinson Association of the South, now known as the National Parkinson Foundation of SW Louisiana-SE Texas Chapter.


The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announces a new affiliation that will enhance the lives of people with Parkinson's disease and their families.  The National Parkinson Foundation SW Louisiana-SE Texas Chapter (formally known as the Parkinson Association of the South) located in Lake Charles, Louisiana is joining forces with NPF to address the unmet needs in Parkinson's care and treatment. 

NPF has an extensive network of chapters across the United States comprised mostly of volunteer leaders, that provide local services, such as health and wellness programs for people with Parkinson's and their families. NPF chapters also conduct support groups, provide education and raise awareness and funds through local fundraising events such as walks, galas and golf tournaments.  NPF produces free educational materials for chapters to distribute to people in their communities and provides a toll-free helpline to assist chapters with information and referral.

"We are very excited about this partnership with the SW Louisiana-SE Texas Chapter," said Joyce Oberdorf, NPF President and CEO. "A seamless national and local connection, with a common brand and unified voice, will enhance awareness of Parkinson's, because people with Parkinson's and their families deserve the very best resources available to help them no matter where they live."

The SW Louisiana-SE Texas chapter will use the NPF logo and will share a commitment to the same high level of program standards.  The local chapter offers support groups in Louisiana and Texas, a resource library, and referral services to the patients and families affected by Parkinson disease in the Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas areas.

"We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship," said SW Louisiana-SE Texas chapter VP Alberto Maxwell, IV. "We share a common goal with NPF: helping people live their best life with Parkinson's until we find a cure."

The local chapter is governed by an eleven member board of directors of patient/patient representatives and community leaders experienced in finance, event planning, marketing, industry, business management, medicine, and nursing. The board of directors recently welcomed Britney Glaser-Felder of KPLCTV and Bernadette Seaberry of Sensational Creations to the board of directors. Each board member serves a three year term. The NPF SWLA-SETX is a member of the Chamber SWLA and a United Way SWLA Community Partner.

About the National Parkinson Foundation SW Louisiana-SE Texas Chapter
Located in downtown Lake Charles, the NPF SWLA-SETX chapter is dedicated to promoting awareness for Parkinson disease and improving the quality of life of those affected. This 501c3 organization, established in 2000, seeks to encourage Parkinsonians, their caregivers, and the general public. Serving Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas, the organization strives to inform whole communities about Parkinson disease and build community partnerships, to provide resources and non-clinical support services, and to improve the quality of life and access to care of every person who is affected by Parkinson disease, by linking them to points of service. For more information about NPF-SWLA SETX, visit www.eljayfd.org  or call 337-310-0083.

About the National Parkinson Foundation
The National Parkinson Foundation supports a strong network of 43 centers of excellence dedicated to excellence in research and providing comprehensive, interdisciplinary care to more than 50,000 Parkinson's patients and their families worldwide. Founded in 1957, the National Parkinson Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson's disease through research, education, and outreach. Since 1982, NPF has funded more than $164 million in care, research and support services.

About Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's with an estimated one million people with the disease in the United States and four to six million worldwide. There is no cure for Parkinson's disease and 50-60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States.

For more information about Parkinson's disease or the National Parkinson Foundation, please visit www.parkinson.org or call 1-800-4PD-INFO.

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