Great Lakes Chapter

Serving OH, MI and Western PA

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Parkinson’s Foundation Great Lakes makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) by improving care and advancing research towards a cure. Whether you are newly diagnosed with PD or have been managing it for years, are a care partner, family member or friend of someone with PD, we are here to help you.

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Our Chapter’s Impact

Every day, the Parkinson’s Foundation Great Lakes Chapter works to make a profound impact in the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who live in Ohio, Michigan and Western Pennsylvania. We keep funds local, significantly investing  in ways to make life better for people living with Parkinson’s and their families.


people with Parkinson’s disease served by the Great Lakes Chapter

$2.8 Million

in research grants distributed to 14 researchers in the Great Lakes Chapter

There are 88,110 people who live with Parkinson’s in the Great Lakes Chapter. In our area alone, Parkinson’s-related expenses total $4.41 billion.

In the last five years, the Parkinson’s Foundation has invested more than $6.1 million to advance research, improve care and connect people with essential educational tools in the Great Lakes Chapter. Here are some of the ways we are making a local impact:

Advancing Research

  • Nearly $3 million provided through Parkinson’s Foundation research grants, funding the critical work of 14 local researchers.
  • 56 Foundation-trained research advocates have been paired with scientists to make PD research more effective.  

Improving Care

  • More than 23,000 people with Parkinson’s receive expert care at our Centers of Excellence.
  • 4,776 calls and emails answered through our Helpline, 1-800-4PD-INFO, offering advice, referrals and resources for people with PD, their care partners and families in our area.
  • More than 2,000 health professionals trained in best-practice PD care, ensuring people with Parkinson’s have increased access to quality care.
  • More than $200,000 raised to help fund the life-changing care provided through our Global Care Networks located in the region.

Empowering Through Education

  • More than 4,000 people participated in one of the 15 local PD-tailored programs funded through our community grants program.
  • Nearly 7,000 people participated in educational programs focused on wellness, exercise and mental health, aimed to help them live well with Parkinson’s.
  • More than $1.2 million raised through Moving Day, A Walk for Parkinson’s events — bringing together more than 4,000 people to celebrate movement while increasing awareness about PD.
  • More than 50,000 educational publications, in English and Spanish, distributed at no cost to people with PD, helping them live their best lives at every stage of the disease.

Thanks to supporters like you, we are advancing PD research, improving access to quality care and offering free resources and support to people with PD in our area. There are many ways you can help support the Great Lakes Chapter. Whatever form your gift takes, you can be confident that it helps provide crucial resources for people living with Parkinson’s disease, their care partners and loved ones.

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