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Parkinson's Foundation Mourns the Loss of Harold P. Kravitz and His Daughter, the Honorable Shelley J. Kravitz

Today we mourn the loss of two prominent figures in the history of the Parkinson's Foundation: Harold P. Kravitz, Esq. and his daughter, the Honorable Shelley J. Kravitz.

On January 2, 2018 the Honorable Shelley J. Kravitz passed away unexpectedly at the age of 64. Judge Kravitz, a Miami County Court Judge, served on the National Parkinson Foundation board from 2004-2016. She served as chairwoman of Miami-Dade's county canvassing board, a three-person panel tasked with reviewing questionable ballots and presiding in a judicial capacity over election recounts, including the Bush-Gore presidential recount in 2000. She served for a time as president of the Dade County chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and also acted as a mentor who helped indoctrinate new judges into the profession.

We also honor the legacy of Harold P. Kravitz, Esq., President Emeritus of the National Parkinson Foundation who passed away on January 4, 2018 at the age of 93. Mr. Kravitz served on the NPF Board from 1957—2016 when he moved to Emeritus status. His generosity and dedication to the foundation and to the Parkinson's community throughout his life will not be forgotten. Sixty plus years ago, Mr. Kravitz represented and helped Jeanne Levey, founder of the National Parkinson Foundation, prepare the legal documents to incorporate the foundation in Miami. He recruited many prominent members of the NPF Board including Nathan Slewett, former president, John W. Kozyak, Esq., current chairman of the board, and his own daughter, the Honorable Shelley Kravitz. Mr. Kravitz was a member of the Dade Florida Bar Association and was a practicing attorney in Miami for over 50 years. His professional background was in banking, municipal law, insurance and automotive and construction industries and ERISA trusts. Mr. Kravitz was also a director and chairman of several banks. He was a paratrooper during WWII and was one of a very select American recipients of the Legion of Honor, the highest French order of military merit. Mr. Kravitz was married to his wife Betty Kravitz for 63 years before her death in 2013. He is survived by his son Richard Kravitz and grandson Joshua Kravitz.

"Harold was truly part of the 'greatest generation' and was a real, decorated hero," said John W. Kozyak, chairman of the board for the Parkinson's Foundation. "He left us in a manner we can only salute and we are indebted to his service to the country and the foundation."

The leadership and staff at the Parkinson's Foundation offer deepest condolences to the Kravitz family.

Friday, January 5, 2018
Parkinson’s Foundation Grants $1.5 Million to Local Communities for Parkinson’s Programs
Monday, April 22, 2019

NEW YORK & MIAMI – April 22, 2019 – The Parkinson’s Foundation today announced the recipients of more than $1.5 million in community grants for Parkinson’s programs. Community grants support local health, wellness and educational programs that address unmet needs in the Parkinson’s disease (PD) community.   

Parkinson's Foundation Issues First Patient-Centered Research Agenda for Women Living with Parkinson’s
Monday, March 25, 2019

MIAMI & NEW YORK — March 25, 2019 — Recognizing long-standing gender disparities in Parkinson’s research and care, the Parkinson’s Foundation Women and Parkinson’s Initiative has created the first patient-centered action agenda to maximize quality of life for women with Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s Foundation Announces First Aware in Care Ambassadors
Monday, February 25, 2019

NEW YORK & MIAMI — February 25, 2019 — The Parkinson’s Foundation today announced the first members of its Aware in Care Ambassador Pilot Program, a volunteer group organized to help distribute Aware in Care kits that serve to bolster best practices in treating patients with Parkinson’s disease to both patients and healthcare providers.

Parkinson’s Foundation Hosts Professional Education Training in Iowa City
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Partnership with the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Breaking News: Boston Scientific: Boston Scientific Launches Vercise™ Primary Cell And Vercise Gevia™ Deep Brain Stimulation Systems With Directional Leads
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Parkinson's Foundation cited in Boston Scientific Press Release: MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 24, 2019  -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) has launched the Vercise™Primary Cell (PC) and Vercise Gevia™ Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Systems featuring the Vercise Cartesia™ Directional Lead. The new systems, which were recently approved by the U.S.

Parkinson's Foundation Announces State Level Prevalence Medicare Costs of Parkinson's Disease - Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Associated with Greater Spending
Thursday, January 24, 2019


NEW YORK & MIAMI, January 24, 2019—A Parkinson’s Foundation study recently published in the scientific journal, npj Parkinson’s Disease, found that a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) was associated with greater healthcare use and spending.

Breaking News: FDA Approves Treatment for “Off” Periods in Parkinson’s
Thursday, December 27, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved INBRIJA™, a levodopa inhalation powder developed by Acorda Therapeutics, as a treatment for “off” periods in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who are treated with carbidopa/levodopa.

Quick Facts about INBRIJA™:

Parkinson’s Foundation Hosts Its First-Ever Medical Marijuana and Parkinson’s Disease Conference
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

NEW YORK AND MIAMI— December 4, 2018—The Parkinson’s Foundation will host its first-ever conference focused on medical marijuana and Parkinson’s disease (PD) in Denver, CO, March 6-7, 2019.

Parkinson's Foundation Hosts National Forum for Women Living with Parkinson's Disease
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

MIAMI & NEW YORK — NOVEMBER 7, 2018 —The Parkinson’s Foundation hosted the first national forum for women with Parkinson’s disease (PD) on October 19 at Baylor College of Medicine, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, in Houston, TX.

Parkinson’s Foundation Announces Expansion of Community Grants Program to Address Unmet Community Needs
Thursday, November 1, 2018

NEW YORK & MIAMI — November 1, 2018 — The Parkinson’s Foundation is proud to announce that it is requesting applications for community grants to be awarded nationwide for health, wellness and education programs that address unmet needs in the Parkinson’s disease (PD) community. In 2019, the Parkinson’s Foundation will award $1.2 million in community grants.

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