Miami-Dade County Proclaims December 13, 2009, Nathan Slewett Day National Parkinson Foundation Chairman Emeritus Will be Honored by the World Federation of Neurology

Release date: 12/11/2009

National Parkinson Foundation Chairman Emeritus
Will be Honored by the World Federation of Neurology

MIAMI—December 11, 2009—The Chairman Emeritus of the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), Mr. Nathan Slewett, will receive two distinguished honors in Miami on Sunday, December 13, 2009.  The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) is recognizing his tremendous support for research into Parkinson’s disease and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners has declared this Sunday “Nathan Slewett Day” for his contributions to the Miami-based national headquarters of the National Parkinson Foundation.

In recognition of Nathan’s contributions to the field of Parkinson’s disease, the World Federation of Neurology chose Miami as the location for their XVII World Congress on Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders. This congress, traditionally held in Europe, promotes the exchange of basic and clinical science ideas in an effort to improve outcomes for Parkinson’s patients. More than 2,500 neurologists from around the world will be at the Miami Beach Convention Center this Sunday to honor Nathan at the opening ceremony.  In addition, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners has formally proclaimed December 13, 2009 as “Nathan Slewett Day” to coincide with the opening ceremony.

For over 50 years, Nathan has worked at the National Parkinson Foundation in Miami as a volunteer and continues to do so even at the age of 96. According to Nathan, the driving force behind his decision to become involved with NPF was, “to pay back to society all the good things provided to me and my family.”  He served as the volunteer President of the foundation for several years and was elected Chairman of the Board, in 1991, and continues to serve as Chairman Emeritus.

“Nathan Slewett is a visionary; he was the force that helped make the National Parkinson Foundation one of the largest and most successful non-profit organizations dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s disease worldwide,” said Joyce Oberdorf, President and Chief Executive Officer of NPF.

Nathan succeeded at bringing in celebrities such as Bob Hope and Dick Clark to annual fundraising events. His accomplishments during his tenure are remarkable—because of his leadership, the National Parkinson Foundation has: funded more than $150 million in research and support services since 1982; established a Centers of Excellence network housed at leading universities throughout the world; and provided many prominent researchers and scientists their start in the field through grant funding.

Although devoted to NPF, Nathan’s leadership and philanthropy have also benefitted several Jewish organizations in South Florida. “Few individuals will achieve all that Nathan Slewett has achieved, either professionally or in their communities. This man is a role model; an outstanding citizen who has made substantial contributions to the rich fabric that is South Florida,” said Bernard J. Fogel, M.D., current Chairman of the Board for the National Parkinson Foundation.

In the United States, 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have Parkinson’s disease.  It is estimated that four to six million people around the world suffer from the condition. At present, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but Nathan still holds out hope that a cure will be found in his lifetime.

About the National Parkinson Foundation

Since 1982, NPF has funded more than $150 million in care, research, outreach and support services, addressing unmet needs at all stages of Parkinson’s disease.

Founded in 1957, the National Parkinson Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of Parkinson’s care for this generation of Parkinson’s patients through research, education, and outreach.

For more information about the National Parkinson Foundation, please visit or call 800-327-4545.

Leilani Pearl
Director of Communications
National Parkinson Foundation
1501 N.W. 9th Avenue/Bob Hope Road
Miami, FL 33136-1494
(305) 243-7951 Office
(305) 322-3838 Cell