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PAA hires Development Director

The Parkinson Association of Alabama announced that Chris Blazer has been hired as the organization's Development Director, effective September 20, 2022.

"The PAA is excited that Chris is joining our organization and he is the ideal candidate to lead the Parkinson Association of Alabama's next chapter of growth and success," said Executive Director and CEO, Bibby Bailey.

Mr. Blazer has a wealth of fundraising knowledge bringing over 20 years of experience to the PAA.

"I am extremely honored to join the PAA team as we work throughout the state to improve the quality of life for patients, caregivers, and families affected by Parkinson's Disease. I look forward to working alongside the world-class leadership in unleashing generosity to create awareness, provide access to resources and connect them to the life changing programs which are making a difference in the lives of those affected by Parkinson's Disease."

Every nine minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with PD. There are more than 12,000 people living in Alabama with PD and approximately 800 individuals are diagnosed annually in our state. Early signs of PD include tremors, small handwriting, loss of smell, trouble sleeping, trouble moving or walking, soft voice, a masked face, dizziness, and stooping or hunching over.

Founded in 1978, the PAA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and serves the entire state of Alabama. The PAA's PD Resource Center is a collaborative center designed to serve persons with PD and their families. We provide a centralized contact and source to help navigate the disease and resources across the state. We maintain comprehensive Resources and Support information at our website located at and the organization provides support to more than 20 statewide PD support groups. The PAA focuses on connecting our clients with the education and resources they need.

PD is a progressive nervous system disorder that strongly affects movement. Movement-based exercise classes have a variety of benefits they may help combat PD, such as improving balance, endurance, and motor skills. The PAA provides scholarships statewide for movement-based programs based upon financial need.

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