The Parkinson’s Foundation Minnesota Chapter seeks to:
- Provide programs that support those living with Parkinson's and their caregivers,
- Educate those affected by Parkinson's about the entire spectrum of Parkinson's disease and,
- Serve as a bridge between people with Parkinson's and their healthcare providers, to help patients and families get the best care possible.
With an estimated 20,000 people living with Parkinson’s disease, studies suggest Minnesota has the third highest rate of Parkinson’s in the United States. The Parkinson’s Foundation Minnesota Chapter serves the local Parkinson’s community with access to local resources and services such as support groups, wellness classes and education programs.
The volunteers at the heart of chapter efforts came together 30 years ago to establish what has become the oldest walk for Parkinson’s in the country, dedicated to raising funds and building awareness for Parkinson’s.
In 1995, the chapter was formally established as a registered 501(c)3 in Minnesota and joined the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) as an affiliate member in 1996. Since that time, communities in the nine-county metropolitan area and throughout greater Minnesota have directly benefited from local outreach and fundraising efforts.
In 2016, the Minnesota Chapter unified with NPF, officially becoming part of the highly regarded organization that was founded on making life better for those with Parkinson's.
In 2016, the National Parkinson Foundation merged with the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, becoming the Parkinson’s Foundation. At this time, our chapter name changed to the Parkinson’s Foundation Minnesota Chapter.