Friday, April 27, 2012

PDF Champions Friday!

Tomorrow, PDF Champion Jennifer Neathery will be running 26.2 miles in the St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville, TN all to benefit Parkinson's disease research!

Ms. Neathery, an avid runner, was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's disease seven years ago at 32. Despite her Parkinson's symptoms, she decided to partake in the run to challenge herself and prove to others that Parkinson's doesn't mean "giving up being active and living a good life."

Please take a moment to check out Jennifer's story featured on the Alabama Local News webpage. 

Thank you for making a difference in the fight against Parkinson's disease, Jennifer!

If you are interested in supporting Jennifer Neathery please visit her PDF Champions fundraising webpage.

Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Afternoon Tea: PDF Champions

Tea, anyone? On Saturday, April 21, PDF Champion Linda Habenstreit held an afternoon tea and jewelry sale to benefit Parkinson's research at her home in Springfield, VA.

Linda encouraged her friends and family to purchase a piece of jewelry at afternoon tea all in the name of finding a cure for Parkinson's. Linda raised $700 in total!

Congratulations on a successful event, Linda!

Photo taken at afternoon tea. From left to right are: Linda Habenstreit (holding Dodie), Ghislaine Sonies, Donna Groves, and Nancy Benjamin (holding Theo).

Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wednesday Picture Day: PDF Champions

A special thank you goes out to Linda Morgan for raising awareness of Parkinson's disease this April! Linda is a member of PDF's People With Parkinson's Advisory Council (PPAC) and a dedicated PDF Research Advocate. On Monday, April 23, Linda hosted a screening of the film Just Around the Corner at her local movie theater in Asheville, NC, followed by a question and answer session with a panel of people with Parkinson's.

The documentary by Flat Broke Productions follows the story of Bob Benjamin, a music industry veteran and founder of the Light of Day Foundation, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 38. The film documents the challenges of living with Parkinson’s disease and how Mr. Benjamin responded to the diagnosis. He chose to fight back, and as his weapon, he chose something near and dear to him, rock n’ roll.

Light of Day Foundation has been a big supporter of PDF over the years; generously providing PDF with funding for Parkinson's research. At PDF's 2010 Gala Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation were awarded the Page and William Black Humanitarian award.

As a PDF Champion, you too can host a movie night to benefit Parkinson's research.  Ask your local theater to donation one of their theaters at an off time or you can even host the event at your home. Collect admissions, sell popcorn, candy and drinks with proceeds benefiting PDF!

Remember the Cure Begins With YOU!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Congratulations to Brooklyn Sports Club: PDF Champions

I wanted to follow up on a very special event that was highlighted a few weeks ago on the PDF Champions blogAqua-Thon: Splash for a Cause hosted by Brooklyn Sports Club under the direction of Aquatics Director, Michael Hornung.

The Aqua-Thon was held this past Saturday, April 21 and was a great success! The Aqua-Thon included a gentle swim, aqua aerobics, aqua Zumba, children's swim, raffles, games, informational materials about Parkinson's disease, food and music! Donation cards were also sold and displayed for all to see.

The event raised over $3,100 for Parkinson's research!

Eddie Pelto, PDF's Director of Development, had the pleasure of attending the event and took some fantastic photos. Please check them out.

Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!

Friday, April 20, 2012

PDF Champions Friday!

Walk to Fight Parkinson's

Best of luck to PDF Champion Mallory Hiltz on her 5K Walk/Run for Parkinson's this Saturday, April 21, at Brady's Run Park in Beaver, PA!  Proceeds from the walk will benefit PDF.

As part of PDF Champions Campus Challenge program, Mallory and a few of her classmates from Community College of Beaver County have worked tirelessly on the walk to raise money and awareness for Parkinson's disease!

If you live near Beaver County, PA please be sure to stop by the event to show Mallory support!

Here are all the details:

Date: Saturday, April 21

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Location: Brady's Run Park - Shelter 6
121 Brady's Run Road
Beaver Falls, PA 15010

You can also make an online donation by visiting Mallory's PDF Champions webpage.

Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

PDF Champions: Recognizing Parkinson's Awareness Month

Recognizing Parkinson's Awareness Month

Parkinson's advocate and PDF Champion, Linda Giorgilli Rice, has dedicated herself to educating her community about Parkinson's disease and fundraising for a cure. 

Through Linda's hard work, she was able to receive a proclamation from the City of Tampa declaring April as Parkinson's Awareness Month. She has also been busy writing a book about her experience caring for her late father who lived with Parkinson's and was even interviewed by NBC 8 in Tampa.

Please check out Linda's interview below.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wednesday Picture Day: PDF Champions


A special thank you to PDF Champion Jeni Forshier-Jenkins on her successful fundraising and awareness event, Shuffle-Shake Parkinson's Awareness Celebrate event held on April 14 at Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana, IL!

Together with her friend Mary Jones, Jeni helped raise awareness of Parkinson's disease and funds for a cure. The event included a silent auction, Parkinson's informational materials, DJ, refreshments, kid's corner, Corvette display and more!

Shuffle-Shake Parkinson's Awareness Celebrate will continue collecting donations through the end of April but to date Jeni has raised over $1,500 for Parkinson's research!

Thank you for doing a truly extraordinary job, Jeni! Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Parkinson's Unity Walk: PDF Champions

Team PDF Pacers!

Are you looking to join a team for the 2012 Parkinson's Unity Walk in New York City. Well, look no further, join the PDF Pacers' walk team today! There are less than two weeks left to REGISTER!

This is a great opportunity to encourage the whole family to partake in Parkinson's Awareness Month, by building awareness and fundraising for a cure!

100% of all donations made to the Parkinson's Unity Walk are distributed among the major U.S. Parkinson's disease foundations for Parkinson's disease research.

Here are all the walk details:

Saturday, April 28

Registration Opens: 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Booths Open: 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Walk Kick-Off: 9:45 AM
Walk Begins: 10:00 AM

Central Park (72nd Street Bandshell, Central Park, New York. Use 72nd Street Park entrance on Fifth Avenue or Central Park West)

Be sure to stop by PDF's booth at the walk. Meet our staff, collect informational materials and special goodies!

Make sure you don't miss this year's Parkinson's Unity Walk. REGISTER for the PDF Pacers' team today!

Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!

Friday, April 13, 2012

PDF Champions Friday!

Aqua-Thon: Splash for a Cause

PDF Champion Michael Hornung has been hard at work fundraising and building awareness for Parkinson's disease. As Aquatics Director at Brooklyn Sports Club, Michael will be hosting an Aqua-Thon: Splash for a Cause event on Saturday, April 21.

The Aqua-Thon will include a gentle swim, aqua aerobics, aqua Zumba, children's swim, raffles, games, informational materials about Parkinson's disease, food and music!

If you live in the Tri-State area please consider attending. All are welcome!

The event details are below:

Date: April 21, 2012
Time: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Brooklyn Sports Club, 1540 Van Siclen Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11239

A special thank you to Michael and the Brooklyn Sports Club. PDF is so appreciative of your efforts in building awareness for Parkinson's disease and fundraising for a cure.

Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thursday's Tip: PDF Champions

Social Media & Marketing

PDF is willing to help publicize your PDF Champions event to our community through pre and post event promotions. By keeping PDF up-to-date on your plans and progress we can help further your reach. Below is a list of PDF's media outlets:
  • Facebook/Twitter: Tell us your plans and we will help you reach a larger network of potential donors through Facebook, Twitter and of course our PDF Champions Blog! We can include your personal story, event details, webpage link and photos. Also, invite your friends to ‘like’ the PDF Facebook page so they can see updates about your event.
  • PDF Champions Fridays: Fridays are dedicated to PDF Champions! Every Friday PDF features a new Champion on its website and social media – be the next PDF Champion in the spotlight!
  • Press Outreach: Interested in reaching out to your local media? By request, PDF can assist by generating a press release with all your event details and distributing it to your local newspaper, radio or television station.
  • PDF Champions Gear: You have already received some promotional PDF gear in your Welcome Packet (a hat, banner and wristbands). Wear your gear as you prepare for your event to help increase its visibility. Be sure to submit a photo of yourself wearing your gear so that we can include it on the PDF website! PDF wants to provide you with all the resources you need – not only for fundraising, but also for building awareness of Parkinson’s disease.  PDF’s publications (including our quarterly newsletter, education brochures, etc.) can be ordered for free by visiting our Shop PDF webpage.  Other items including t-shirts and additional wristbands may be ordered at a minimal cost.
  • YouTube: What better way to tell your story than through a personal video on PDF’s YouTube Channel  explaining your fundraising event, what you hope to achieve, and your reason for joining the fight against Parkinson’s. If you are interested in going viral, PDF can supply you with instructions and a script to get you started on the road to video-making success.  Additionally, we can lend Flip Video cameras to anyone interested in creating a video, but who lack the proper equipment to do so.
To utilize PDF's media outlets please contact us me at (800) 475-676 or email me at

Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wednesday Picture Day: PDF Champions

PDF Champion Making a Difference

Dr. Maria L. De Leon of Nacogdoches, TX has been extremely busy fundraising for PDF and building awareness in her community. Maria is a member of PDF's People With Parkinson's Advisory Council (PPAC) and is a dedicated PDF Champion!

On February 12, Maria's local Defeat Parkinson's group teamed up with the San Jacinto Junior Girls Scout Troop #9129 to pay tribute to the men and women in their community who are living with Parkinson's as well as their caregivers. The troop planted red tulips at Oak Manor Nursing Home in preparation for Parkinson's Awareness Month in April! 

On March 23, Maria and her local Defeat Parkinson's group hosted their 3rd Annual Parkinson's Disease Conference. The event helped to educate East Texas about Parkinson's disease, offer support, build awareness and fundraising for a cure! The event raised over $2,500 for PDF!

Thank you for your dedication to the fight against Parkinson's disease, Maria!

Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday's Tip: PDF Champions

Fundraising on the Job

A major portion of our days are spent at our places of employment. So when it comes to raising funds for Parkinson's, why not start your PDF Champions fundraising there? Here are a few ideas ...
  • Double your money! Many employers offer matching funds programs. Check with your human resources department to see if your company offers matching gifts and then remind those who donate to you, to do the same.
  • Give your blazer a rest! One of the more popular concepts in today's busy business world is the casual dress day. Simply contact your human resources department and request their assistance in setting up a day when employees can "dress down" at the office for a small contribution (ranging from $1-$10) towards your PDF Champions fundraising goal! If your office is already casual you can set up an incentive program. For employees who donate, their names will be entered into a drawing to receive a half day off or a special prize.
Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!

Friday, April 6, 2012

PDF Champions Friday!

Shop for Jewelry to Support PDF!

In honor of April as Parkinson's Awareness Month, will be donating 15 percent of sales from her Dopamine Collection to PDF.

Emily Alice's professional homemade designs are inspired by science and in particular molecules. Please shop her site today to support Parkinson's research!

Thank for your being a PDF Champion, Emily!

Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thursday's Tip: PDF Champions

Fundraise Online!

What is one of the easiest ways to collect donations for your PDF Champions fundraiser you may ask? Well, the answer is simple, through your PDF Champions fundraising webpage, of course.

Personalizing your fundraising webpage is the key and will get you moving in the right direction. You can upload photos, share your story and email the link to your family and friends.

For inspiration, check out PDF Champion Tanya Puckett’s webpage. Tanya completed the 2012 Albany Marathon in Albany, GA and raised $1,000 for PDF.

Don't forget that PDF has entries into the sold out 2012 Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, October 28! If you are interested in joining PDF's marathon team please email me at

Remember: The Cure Begins with YOU!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wednesday Picture Day: PDF Champions


Last Thursday, March 29, I had the pleasure of attending Ivory Latta’s First Annual Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon for Parkinson’s in Atlanta, GA! Earlier this year, WNBA star, Ivory Latta, became the Ambassador for our PDF Champions program. Ivory’s family has been touchrf twice by Parkinson’s. Her father was diagnosed a few years ago and her grandmother earlier this year. Ivory is truly dedicated to the cause and boy, does it show. Her enthusiasm during the Bowl-A-Thon was quiet remarkable.

Although my bowling was far from impressive, the celebrity crowd definitely impressed. Ivory was joined by Marvin Williams (Atlanta Hawks), Sean Weatherspoon (Atlanta Falcons), Corey Peters (Atlanta Falcons), Reshad Jones (Miami Dolphins), Tori Gurley (Green Bay Packers), Terrence Trammell (3x Olympian), Mark Hayes (Good Day New York Anchor), Sam Crenshaw (11 Alive News), CJ Simpson (DJ 95.5 The Beat) and Griff (Comedian/On-Air Personality).

Thanks Ivory for kicking off April’s Parkinson’s Awareness Month!

Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tuesday's Tip: PDF Champions

Volunteers, volunteers, volunteers!

Minimize last-minute stress at your PDF Champions fundraising event. If your event calls for extra hands, recruit your friends and family for support Parkinson’s disease. Touch base with your volunteers one to two days before your event date to review details with responsibilities. Also, use this time to gather and organize any supplies you’ll need to ensure your event runs smoothly.

Need to brainstorm or talk things through? That’s what I am here for! I am one call or email away.

Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!