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Parkinson's Foundation Grants More Than $2 Million to Local Communities for Parkinson's Programs

Updated: Aug 2



Parkinson Association of Alabama Awarded More Than $16k for the 2023 Parkinson Symposium.



New York & Miami - July 21, 2022 - The Parkinson's Foundation today announced the recipients of more than $2 million in community grants for Parkinson's disease (PD) programs across the U.S. The Foundation invests in community programs that make an impact in local communities and help people live better with PD by providing support for unmet health, wellness, and educational needs. The Parkinson Association of Alabama (PAA) was awarded more than $16,000 for the annual Parkinson Symposium in 2023.


The annual Parkinson Symposium is the PAA's premier educational event that takes place annually each spring. This event brings together local experts and resources so that those impacted by Parkinson's and their care partners can learn as much as possible to live the best quality life with Parkinson's. Stay tuned for the announcement of the official date and location of this one day conference that is FREE for all attendees in spring of 2023.


"Investing in community based organizations allows the Foundation to direct resources to meaningful PD programs and services locally," said Parkinson's Foundation President and CEO John L. Lehr. "The community grants program has grown considerably over the last few years, allowing the Foundation to reach even more people with PD and to have a lasting impact on their lives."


Of the $2 million awarded, community grants range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $25,000 per recipient. The 2022 grant cycle focuses on programs that educate and deliver exercise specifically designed for people with PD, reach those who are newly diagnosed, and address the intersection of mental health and PD. The programs funded by the Foundation will benefit people with PD in 42 states in the U.S.


"We are very grateful to have received this grant from the Parkinson's Foundation," says Executive Director, Bibby Bailey. "This grant allows us to offset the costs for pulling together a phenomenal annual event for those impacted by Parkinson's throughout Alabama. We are working very hard to select the best date and location, as well as pull together an agenda that will serve all well in their journey with Parkinson's - whether they are newly diagnosed, or in more advancing stages. We believe this opportunity to educate and motivate those impacted by Parkinson's in Alabama is one of the most inspiring events we can offer, and we are grateful that the Parkinson's Foundation is willing to help us accomplish that once again"


Since 2011, the Foundation has invested more than $9.4 million in 716 community-based programs. To see the full list of the 2022 community grant recipients, visit Parkinson.org/2022grants.


About the Parkinson's Foundation

The Parkinson's Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson's disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything they do, they build on the energy, experience and passion of their global Parkinson's community. Since 1957, the Parkinson's Foundation has invested more than $400 million in Parkinson's research and clinical care. Connect with them on Parkinson.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473.4636).


About Parkinson's Disease Affecting an estimated one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson's disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the U.S. 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 Parkinson's and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the U.S. alone.