2021 was an exciting year for the Parkinson’s Foundation. Thanks to YOU we were able to fund more Parkinson’s disease (PD) research and community programs than ever before!
Here are nine ways we made a positive impact in 2021:
1. Reached 3,000 volunteers
We rely on the energy, skill and passion of our volunteers to advance research toward a cure. This year we reached an impressive 3,000 volunteers who want to help us beat Parkinson’s — from our Parkinson’s Champions to our Moving Day volunteers. Thank you!
In the U.S., cannabis has become more widely available for medical and recreational use. Until this survey, there was insufficient data about the attitudes towards, and experiences with cannabis use among those living with PD.
This year we invested $4.3 million in 29 grants to accelerate cutting-edge Parkinson’s research. Each of these studies has the potential to lead us to the next breakthrough PD therapy or treatment.
6. Published New Veterans Resources and Events
Together, with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), we hosted new online events created for veterans with Parkinson’s and care partners. We also published new tools and information for veterans, such as our new FAQ guide for veterans.
This fall, we launched Reach Further, a four-year fundraising initiative that will raise an additional $30 million to accelerate Parkinson’s research and increase access to health care and quality-of-life programs.
8. Released new online Care Partner Program
9. Brought Local Communities Together at Moving Day
We began with virtual and drive through Moving Day events and ended the year strong with safe in-person events. All 47 events brought our local PD communities together.
Help us further our reach and impact in 2022.