Many of our Aware in Care Ambassadors are people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Others identify as caregivers or care partners (whether a spouse, sibling, child or friend of a someone with PD), while others are professionals who work with people with Parkinson’s (including Speech Language Pathologists, Nurses, and Fitness Instructors). Some work with a team of Ambassadors who live within driving distance, while others rely on support from the Parkinson’s Foundation and the online community of Ambassadors to complete the goals they set for themselves in their community.
In 2019 we trained 81 Ambassadors, who collectively share the Aware in Care kit over 8,000 people in a single year.
We currently have 66 active Ambassadors representing 24 states and have selected an additional 41 Ambassadors to train in September 2020. Together, this group will represent 36 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico.
"My mom was hospitalized, and I know how hard it is to get staff to understand that a Parkinson's Patient needs their medications on time. Family, caregivers, and patients have to speak up. I learned a lot after multiple visits to the hospital. The Aware in Care kits would be very beneficial to patients, families, and healthcare staff." - Michelle, Ambassador in Camarillo, California"
My Aware in Care kit has been instrumental in relaying medical information to first responders as well as hospital staff and doctors. I am a firm believer that everyone should have one of these kits, it may save your life. I carry mine wherever I go." -Larry, Ambassador in Stevensville, MD