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Fifth Annual Celebrate Spring Boston Raises More Than $30,000 for Parkinson’s Foundation

Boston Area Residents Inspire Fellow Young Professionals to End Parkinson’s

New York, NY — Young professionals in Boston, MA, led by Rehana Ashraf, Kate Evans, Michael Gale and Anne Greene raised more than $30,000 for Parkinson’s research at the fifth annual Celebrate Spring Boston at The Liberty Hotel on April 28. They welcomed 130 guests, including New England Patriots alumni, to the event to benefit the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Since 2013, Celebrate Spring Boston has raised more than $210,000 for Parkinson’s research and brought hundreds of young professionals to the cause to help fund the work of future leaders in Parkinson’s research and care.

“Each year, through Celebrate Spring Boston, we meet more and more young professionals whose lives, like ours, have been touched by Parkinson’s,” said Ms. Greene. “We’re grateful to everyone who attended the fifth anniversary of this event, which continues to illustrate how critical our generation is to ending Parkinson’s.”

Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing and a silent auction.  

Event proceeds benefit the work of Parkinson’s Foundation-funded Research Fellow, Daigo Homma, Ph.D., of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Homma, who is studying how chemical messengers may help the brain cope with Parkinson’s, is supported through a Parkinson’s Foundation fellowship program designed to keep talented young scientists in the field.

About Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US and over 10 million worldwide. Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's and is the 14th leading cause of death in the US. It is associated with a 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 A feeling of nervousness, worried thoughts and physical distress.). Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson's disease.

About the Parkinson’s Foundation
The Parkinson’s Foundation is working toward a world without Parkinson’s disease. Formed by the merger of National Parkinson Foundation and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the mission of the Parkinson’s Foundation is to invest in promising scientific research that will end Parkinson’s disease and improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s, and their families, through improved treatments, support and the best care. For more information, visit www.parkinson.org or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).

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