Midwest Chapter

Serving IL, IN, WI

Set this as my local chapter

Parkinson’s Foundation Midwest 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.

Cheerful crowd at the Moving Day walk in Chicago
Family enjoying Moving Day on a crisp fall day

About Us

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.

Our Impact

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!

Read more about our impact in the Midwest Chapter

Thanks to supporters like you, we are able to provide free resources and advance research toward a cure.

Resources

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.

Find Expert 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.

Order a Kit


Helpline

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.

Contact the Helpline


PD Library

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.

Search the Library

Community Grants

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.

Contact Us

312-762-5706
Midwest@Parkinson.org

Parkinson’s Foundation
ATTN: Midwest
200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800
Miami, FL 33131

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Board of Advisors

Our Advisory Board ensures our impact is community based and community lead.

Executive Committee

Andrew Erickson

Andrew Erickson
Board President

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

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.


Kelly Weinschreider

Kelly Weinschreider
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.


Wes Braun headshot

Wes Braun
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.


Board Members

Robert Bansfield

Sachin S. Kapur, MD
Physician/Owner of Chicago Movement Specialists, LLC

Joe T. Lemon
Chief Operating Officer, Foundation & Institutional Advisors, Northern Trust

Susan Stirling
Adjunct Associate Professor, UIC School of Design; Adjunct Faculty, IIT Institute of Design

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