About Us

The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community.

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 individuals in the United States, 10 million worldwide, who are living with Parkinson’s.

Minnesota is home to the Struthers Parkinson's Center, one of 48 worldwide Parkinson’s Foundation Centers of Excellence, the most respected and sought after designation in the field of movement disorders.


As a national organization with local impact, Parkinson’s Foundation Minnesota serves the regional Parkinson’s community with access to community-based resources such as support group referrals, wellness classes and education events.

The volunteers formed the heart of the chapter and came together more than 30 years ago to establish the oldest walk for Parkinson’s in the country, dedicated to raising funds and building PD awareness.

In 1995, the chapter was formally established in Minnesota and joined the Parkinson's Foundation an affiliate member in 1996. Since that time, communities in the nine-county metropolitan area and throughout greater Minnesota have directly benefited from local outreach and fundraising efforts.

In 2016, Minnesota unified with the Foundation, officially becoming part of the highly regarded organization that makes life better for those with Parkinson's and changing our name to Parkinson’s Foundation Minnesota & Dakotas.

As a voluntary health organization, we rely on the generosity of individuals, foundations and businesses to serve the Parkinson’s community. Eighty cents of every donor dollars are invested in programs serving people with Parkinson’s and their care partners. These educational events and resources are available at no-cost and are made possible with support from local and national partners.


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