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Chicago Tribune: Parkinson's Patients Find Help at Willowbrook Fitness Facility

InspirFit offers PD programs designed to increase or maintain the physical well-being of participants. The foundation provides a grant to the program.

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PR Newswire: The National Parkinson Foundation's Moving Day® Walks Fund Parkinson's Programs in Six Cities Monday, June 27, 2016

This week NPF announced that the 2015 fall walk season of Moving Day® funded nearly $300,000 in mission services to make life better for people living with Parkinson's and their caregivers in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and North Carolina Triangle.

Huffington Post: The Width of My Reach Monday, June 27, 2016

Allison Toepperwein is a single mother with YOPD. She describes her fitness journey that led her to become an American Ninja Warrior and her will to never give up.

Medpage Today: Physical Therapy Underused in Parkinson's Monday, June 20, 2016

"This is very positive support for something that many feel is a problem, that allied healthcare is highly underutilized," Peter Schmidt, PhD, of the National Parkinson Foundation, who wasn't involved in the study, told MedPage Today.

ABC NEWS: Skydiver Completes 101 Jumps in 12 Hours for Parkinson's Research Thursday, June 16, 2016

Though Wisconsin skydiver Kevin Burkart fell short of completing his goal of 300 jumps in 24 hours on Wednesday, he still managed to accomplish another feat: raising $130,000 for Parkinson's disease research.

City Pages: One-armed skydiver attempts new world record of 300 jumps in a day Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A lot of people have their hearts in the right place when it comes to raising money or awareness for a cause that is near and dear to them. For Kevin Burkhart, he's not only talking the talk about trying to wipe out Parkinson's Disease, he's walking the walk (right out of a plane, as it were).

WKBW: Fighting to find a cure for Parkinson's Disease Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Though Wisconsin skydiver Kevin Burkart fell short of completing his goal of 300 jumps in 24 hours on Wednesday, he still managed to accomplish another feat: raising $130,000 for Parkinson's disease research.

CNN: What killed Muhammad Ali? Thursday, June 9, 2016

"A direct link from Parkinson's to sepsis is a long jump. However, there are several features of Parkinson's -- especially later in the course of the illness -- that can place a patient at higher risk for [developing] an infection, which can get into the bloodstream and cause them to become septic," said Dr. Michael S. Okun, national medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation.

C-SPAN: Dr. Christopher Hess on Parkinson's Disease Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Dr. Christopher Hess talked by video from the University of Florida in Gainesville about Parkinson’s disease and its impact on over one million people in the U.S. following the death of boxer Muhammad Ali, who fought a 32-year battle with the disease. The program opened with a video clip of Lonnie Ali testifying about research into the disease at a May 22, 2002, Senate hearing. Dr.

89.3 WFPL: Ali’s Parkinson’s Advocacy May Have Helped Outreach To Black Communities Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Dr. Michael Okun of the National Parkinson Foundation said as a prominent African-American Parkinson’s patient, Ali played an especially valuable role as an advocate. “I think he was a real example for the African-American community and brought a lot of awareness for them about Parkinson’s, but there are still significant barriers to care,” Okun said.

Vogue: What Is Parkinson’s Disease? Inside Muhammad Ali’s Final Fight Monday, June 6, 2016

“It’s the most complex disease in clinical medicine because it’s not actually one disease,” says Michael S. Okun, MD, national medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation and the administrative director at the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration at the University of Florida. “It’s a group of more than 20 motor and non-motor symptoms.

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