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The Parkinson's Foundation’s Moving Day® Walks Fund Local Parkinson’s Programs in 2017

$13.7 million dollars raised over five years

MIAMI — The Parkinson’s Foundation is proud to announce that in its fifth year Moving Day®, A Walk for Parkinson’s, has funded a total of $13.7 million in mission services to make life better for people living with Parkinson’s. For this grant cycle, 12 local community grants, totaling $500,000, for health, wellness and education programs were funded in Washington, D.C., San Francisco/Silicon Valley, CA, and Tampa, FL, for people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their caregivers.

“Each year, Moving Day® grants support life-enhancing local programs that have a true impact on the communities we serve,” said Kayln Henkel, Senior Director, National Signature Events, National Parkinson Foundation, a division of the Parkinson’s Foundation.. “From Boston to Los Angeles, thousands of our supporters share a common goal—to help us beat Parkinson’s.”

Through monies raised by Moving Day®, a grassroots and fundraising awareness walk, the foundation invests in local Parkinson’s programs for health, wellness and education programs. Moving Day also supports national efforts by investing in the Center of Excellence network that delivers expert care to more than 100,000 Parkinson’s patients worldwide; by funding cutting-edge research like the Parkinson’s Outcomes Project, aimed at better treatment and care; by providing free patient resources for patients and their families, such as a toll-free Helpline (1-800-4PD-INFO) and the life-saving Aware in Care hospital kit.

“Thanks to the Parkinson’s Foundation and Moving Day® San Francisco, Stanford’s Neuroscience Supportive Care Program will be able to expand our supportive services to the Bay Area’s Parkinson Community,” said TC Cowles, RN, from Stanford Health Care, a Moving Day grant recipient. “The Supportive Care Program offers free classes, exercise programs and support groups to people impacted by neurological diseases. This grant allows us to create innovative, specialized exercise classes and to develop a community speaker series to enrich the lives of people with Parkinson’s and get them moving.”

The 2017 community grant offerings focus on:

  • Addressing unmet needs in the Parkinson’s community: services for underserved populations, support for clinical trial recruitment for under-represented populations and other unmet needs such as financial barriers to care;
  • Expanding a successful program into a new geography;
  • Developing a new program for people with Parkinson’s.

Community grants from funds raised in the spring walk season fund local services in each of the following cities:

Washington, D.C.

  • Within Our Reach Parkinson’s education program at University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Sibley’s Exercise and Education Program for People with Parkinson’s offered by the Sibley Memorial Hospital-Johns Hopkins network

San Francisco/Silicon Valley, CA

  • Rock Steady Boxing classes at Dynamic Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness
  • Parkinson’s Women Support group sessions
  • Stanford Health Care’s Neuroscience Supportive Care Program
  • Series of Parkinson’s Disease Exercise Classes taught by Physical Therapist Lisa Oei
  • PWR! Moves Classes at the Gunilda Rianda Senior Center Association
  • Delivery of Psychiatric Care to Patients with Parkinson’s Disease Using Telemedicine at The Regents of University of California, San Francisco
  • Dance Moves ME! program expansion

Tampa, FL

  • Florida Ear Nose Throat and Allergy’s SET for Parkinson’s: Increasing Awareness of Communication Disorders, a functional communication treatment and education program
  • Rock Steady Boxing Tampa Bay at Bodyssey Performance + Recovery
  • Caregivers Support Group, Aging Grace and Brain Dancing at the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging

Moving Day®, A Walk for Parkinson’s, has raised $13.7 million dollars since it began in 2011 and is taking place in cities across the United States. In 2017, new walk locations have been added in Nashville, TN; Louisville, KY; Milwaukee, WI, and Broward county, FL. Moving Day is made possible, in part, through the generous support of our National Partners: ORIG3N, UCB, Right at Home and Lundbeck.

For more information on 2017 Moving Day® walks, visit

About the Parkinson's Foundation

The Parkinson's Foundation is working toward a world without Parkinson's disease. Formed by the merger of National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) in August 2016, the mission of the Parkinson's Foundation is to invest in promising scientific research that will end Parkinson's disease and improve the lives of people with Parkinson's, and their families, through improved treatments, support and the best care. For more information, visit or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).

About Parkinson's Disease (PD)

Affecting an estimated one million Americans and ten million worldwide, PD is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's and is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression) as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for PD and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

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