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Fourth Annual Celebrate Spring Boston Raises $50,000 for Parkinson’s Disease Foundation

Boston Area Women Inspire Fellow Young Professionals to End Parkinson’s

Young professionals in Boston, MA, led by Rehana Ashraf, Kate Evans and Anne Greene raised $50,000 for Parkinson’s research at the fourth annual Celebrate Spring Boston at The Liberty Hotel on April 29. They welcomed 180 guests, including New England Patriots alumni, to the event to benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF).

Measured by net proceeds, this year's Celebrate Spring Boston was most successful yet, bringing the amount raised over four years for PDF research programs to $180,000.  Guests, including former New England Patriots players Harold Shaw, Jon Williams and Garin Veris, enjoyed an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing and a silent auction.  The event Co-chairs say their goals are to advance research and motivate their generation to join PDF in ending the disease.

“Kate, Anne and I are driven to help end Parkinson’s in honor of our loved ones, including my late father. We know that our generation is an important part of the team that will move the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation closer to a cure. We are grateful for the tremendous response from young professionals in Boston who help make this event a success by advancing Parkinson’s research,” says Ms. Ashraf.

Event proceeds benefit the work of PDF Research Fellow, Nan Li, Ph.D., of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Dr. Li, who is using cutting-edge imaging technology to study Parkinson’s, is supported through a PDF fellowship program designed to keep talented young scientists in the field. 

About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US.  Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s.

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