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Parkinson's Foundation Mourns the Loss of Harold P. Kravitz and His Daughter, the Honorable Shelley J. Kravitz

Today we mourn the loss of two prominent figures in the history of the Parkinson's Foundation: Harold P. Kravitz, Esq. and his daughter, the Honorable Shelley J. Kravitz.

On January 2, 2018 the Honorable Shelley J. Kravitz passed away unexpectedly at the age of 64. Judge Kravitz, a Miami County Court Judge, served on the National Parkinson Foundation board from 2004-2016. She served as chairwoman of Miami-Dade's county canvassing board, a three-person panel tasked with reviewing questionable ballots and presiding in a judicial capacity over election recounts, including the Bush-Gore presidential recount in 2000. She served for a time as president of the Dade County chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and also acted as a mentor who helped indoctrinate new judges into the profession.

We also honor the legacy of Harold P. Kravitz, Esq., President Emeritus of the National Parkinson Foundation who passed away on January 4, 2018 at the age of 93. Mr. Kravitz served on the NPF Board from 1957—2016 when he moved to Emeritus status. His generosity and dedication to the foundation and to the Parkinson's community throughout his life will not be forgotten. Sixty plus years ago, Mr. Kravitz represented and helped Jeanne Levey, founder of the National Parkinson Foundation, prepare the legal documents to incorporate the foundation in Miami. He recruited many prominent members of the NPF Board including Nathan Slewett, former president, John W. Kozyak, Esq., current chairman of the board, and his own daughter, the Honorable Shelley Kravitz. Mr. Kravitz was a member of the Dade Florida Bar Association and was a practicing attorney in Miami for over 50 years. His professional background was in banking, municipal law, insurance and automotive and construction industries and ERISA trusts. Mr. Kravitz was also a director and chairman of several banks. He was a paratrooper during WWII and was one of a very select American recipients of the Legion of Honor, the highest French order of military merit. Mr. Kravitz was married to his wife Betty Kravitz for 63 years before her death in 2013. He is survived by his son Richard Kravitz and grandson Joshua Kravitz.

"Harold was truly part of the 'greatest generation' and was a real, decorated hero," said John W. Kozyak, chairman of the board for the Parkinson's Foundation. "He left us in a manner we can only salute and we are indebted to his service to the country and the foundation."

The leadership and staff at the Parkinson's Foundation offer deepest condolences to the Kravitz family.

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The Parkinson's Disease Foundation® (PDF®) is pleased to announce eight new training opportunities for nursing faculty as part of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at PDF. The program improves nursing care in Parkinson's disease (PD) by training nurse faculty leaders who in turn, prepare their students to fight the disease on the front lines.

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PDF Mourns the Passing of Joel Gerstel
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) mourns the loss of Joel Gerstel, a long-time friend and partner in the Parkinson’s community. Mr. Gerstel, who served as President and CEO of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) until 2012, passed away on January 21 at the age of 80.

NPF and PDF Sign Letter of Intent to Merge
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John W. Kozyak, Chair of the Board of the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and Howard D. Morgan, Chair of Board of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), released the following statement today:

The National Parkinson Foundation’s Moving Day® Walks Fund $1.25 Million in Parkinson’s Programs in 2015
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MIAMI — The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) is proud to announce that Moving Day®, A Walk for Parkinson’s, has funded $1.25 million in mission services in 2015 to make life better for people living with Parkinson’s.

The National Parkinson Foundation Answers 50,000 Helpline Calls
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MIAMI — The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced today that their toll-free Helpline, 1-800-4PD-INFO, has achieved a major milestone: the Helpline reached its 50,000th caller.

The Edmond J. Safra National Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative Expands to Chicago and Tampa
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The National Parkinson Foundation Awards Four Innovative Research Grants
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One Million Dollar Investment in Clinical Research in Parkinson’s Disease

MIAMI — The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced today that it has funded four new grants in Parkinson’s disease (PD) research. The four grants target key scientific questions about gender differences in Parkinson’s, cognition and inflammation.

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The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) has learned that later this week, the National Geographic Channel will air a live television broadcast of deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s disease (PD).

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