We are leaders in ensuring expert Parkinson’s care, educating and empowering the Parkinson’s community and driving the understanding of Parkinson’s through research. As a national organization with local presence and impact, we bring help and hope to the estimated one million people in the U.S., 10 million worldwide, who are living with Parkinson’s.
Your support of the Parkinson’s Foundation Midwest Chapter makes a big impact on the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) right here in your community, as well as across the country and around the world!
Thanks to supporters like you, we are able to provide free resources and advance research toward a cure.
Find Expert Care
Access to care professionals, medications and services
Parkinson’s Foundation Global Care Network creates more opportunities for people with PD to access high-quality care.
Aware in Care Kit
Advocate for your best care
The Aware in Care Hospital Kit gives people with PD tools and information to share with hospital staff during a planned or emergency hospital visit.
The Helpline answers more than 20,000 calls a year
Call our Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) to find your nearest PD specialist or local resources and get answers to your PD and caregiving questions.
We are your trusted ally for information at every stage
We offer resources including videos, podcasts, webinars and other opportunities to learn about the many aspects of living well with PD.
Progress towards new medicines, better therapies and eventually a cure relies, almost exclusively, on innovative, high-quality research.
The Parkinson’s Foundation Community Grants program supports programs that further the health, wellness and education of the Parkinson’s community. We help people with Parkinson’s live better lives, today.
In the 2021 grant cycle, we awarded eight local grants to community programs. These Community Grants are made possible through the support of donors.
Learn more about the Parkinson’s Foundation Community Grants program, including application information, deadlines and more.
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Board of Advisors
Our Advisory Board ensures our impact is community based and community lead.
Andrew Erickson is a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Winnetka, IL. Andrew helps individuals, families, and small businesses achieve their financial goals to fulfill their life's purpose. Prior to joining Edward Jones, Andrew spent over 15 years on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as a principal and trader of a firm, and successfully led his company through some of the most volatile markets in U.S. history. He holds an economics degree from Dartmouth College, where he was a member of the football team. In addition to his work with the Parkinson's Foundation, Andrew is a board member of his town's local youth basketball league.
Mark D. DeBofsky
Board Development Chair
Mark D. DeBofsky is the founding member of the Chicago law firm that bears his name. He concentrates in the representation of claimants and plaintiffs in employee benefit claim disputes involving disability insurance, life, health, retirement, long-term care, and related matters. Mark is a 1977 graduate of the University of Michigan and a 1980 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law. He has been admitted to practice law in Illinois and Hawaii, by the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits, and numerous federal district courts.
Mission Outreach Chair
Kelly was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease in 2002 at age 29. She worked at Kraft Foods and Abbott before retiring. Kelly has worked with the Parkinson's Foundation on the Women and PD, and Patient Advocates in Research Programs, and sits on the People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council. She founded two young onset PD support groups in Chicagoland, and is a patient advisor on neuro-palliative care. Kelly was a part-time care-partner for her dad, who also had Parkinson's. She received her B.S. from Michigan State University, and lives in Chicago with her husband David and their golden retriever, Archer.
Opportunity Development Chair
Wes joined the Parkinson's Foundation Executive Committee in 2019 and has served as its Opportunity Development Chair since the board's inception. Wes and his two sisters got involved with the Parkinson's Foundation's Moving Day Committee after their mom's diagnosis in 2012. They lead Team Moving for Mom and have fundraised over $170K in the last 10 years. Wes is Senior Manager at HBR Consulting. He works directly with clients in the areas of procurement, sourcing and process implementation. Wes received both a bachelor's degree in communications and an MBA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He enjoys watching Chicago sports (especially the White Sox!), traveling with his fiancée, and is a huge trivia enthusiast.
Sachin S. Kapur, MD
Physician/Owner of Chicago Movement Specialists, LLC
Joe T. Lemon
Chief Operating Officer, Foundation & Institutional Advisors, Northern Trust
Adjunct Associate Professor, UIC School of Design; Adjunct Faculty, IIT Institute of Design