10 Impressive Goals You Helped Us Accomplish in 2020

Your support in 2020 allowed us to turn this unprecedented year in to one of collaboration and innovation. The global pandemic challenged us as a leader in the Parkinson’s disease (PD) community to find new ways to engage with you in meaningful ways.

Together, we made life better for people in our Parkinson’s community ― from those living with Parkinson’s and their families to researchers and essential workers. Your support allows us to launch collaborative programs and partnerships that make life better for people with Parkinson’s, while bolstering our research initiatives, professional training opportunities and free resources.

Thanks to YOU, we were able to achieve the following in 2020:

man and girl1. Expanded First-of-its-Kind Free Genetic Initiative to Offer At-Home Testing

Expanded PD GENEration: Mapping the Future of Parkinson’s Disease, a national initiative that offers free genetic testing for clinically relevant PD-related genes and free genetic counseling, to include at-home genetic testing and counseling in English and Spanish. This study will allow us to help accelerate scientific research that can lead to better treatment options. Enroll now online.

2. Launched New Online Programs to Support PD Community During Pandemic

Beginning in March, we launched new virtual programs and resources focused on the topics most important to the PD community ― from at-home exercise classes to PD preparedness. PD Health @ Home hosts weekly, engaging online events designed for the Parkinson’s community. Our signature fundraising walk event, Moving Day, A Walk for Parkinson’s, also became virtual, uniting and inspiring virtual attendees across the nation.

lab3. Funded Critical Parkinson’s Research

As we expanded PD GENEration, we simultaneously funded 34 research grants to advance promising Parkinson’s studies. We support Parkinson’s research across a variety of disciplines for scientists who actively study the latest in treatments that can lead us to a cure. Check out all the research grants we funded this year.

4. Partnered with Groups That Help Veterans and Care Partners

In 2020 we established new, impactful partnerships to connect with underserved Parkinson’s communities. Together, with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), we are improving the health and well-being for veterans with Parkinson’s, while also working with AARP to launch new tools, information and resources for care partners.

5. Hosted Virtual 2020 Care Partner Summit

Due to COVID-19, we hosted a completely virtual 2020 Care Partner Summit with open access that addressed critical care partner topics, from mental health to life planning. We reached  1,700 participants who tuned in live across 49 states and 10 countries. Watch Summit sessions now.

6. Granted $1.5 Million to Local Communities for Parkinson’s Programs

We proudly funded $1.5 million through 98 community-based grants that provide education and outreach programs, along with local research initiatives, that address unmet needs in the PD community. View all 2020 Grantees.

exercise7. Addressed Exercise Standards for PD Fitness Professionals

People with Parkinson’s should be able to work out knowing that their fitness professional leading their PD exercise program is knowledgeable when it comes to Parkinson’s. We hosted the 2020 Parkinson’s Foundation Exercise Convening, our first step to creating the first-ever Competencies for Exercise Professionals Working with People with Parkinson’s. 

8. Shared Key Findings with International Community

In September, we shared nine key findings in research, care and education at the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.

9. Launched Online Community: PD Conversations

PD Conversations is an online community that offers a network of support. People can connect with others who share the same interests, challenges and hopes. Our Helpline specialists also participate, answering PD questions and offering support.

award10. Named as 2020 Best Nonprofits to Work For by The NonProfit Times

The Parkinson’s Foundation was recognized on The NonProfit Times “2020 Best Nonprofits to Work For” list. We earned high marks for workplace practices, demographics and overall employee experience.

As much as we accomplished in 2020, we are committed to helping even more people live better with Parkinson’s in 2021 and beyond. Your continued support is the only way we can make that happen. Thank you.

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