July 2014—The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) is proud to announce that more than $150,000 in community grants were recently awarded in Atlanta, Chicago, North Carolina and South Florida for health, wellness and education programs for people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their caregivers.
Through monies raised by Moving Day® Miami, a grassroots fundraising and awareness walk, more than $46,000 dollars in community grants will be invested locally in programs to help people living with Parkinson’s improve their quality of life.
“The NPF 2014 Community Grants enable us to partner with local organizations which provide life-changing services to the Parkinson’s community,” said Amy Gray, Vice President, NPF Chapter Relations & Community Partnerships. “From music therapy to dance classes, these programs embody NPF’s mission in action!”
The following organizations were awarded a 2014 NPF Community Grant in Miami:
1) Xcelerate Training
2) Memorial Fitness Centers
3) Lana Gelb
4) Dance for PD
5) Art Therapy Consulting & Services, LLC
6) Caregiver Services, Inc.
7) Laura Cabrera
For additional information on the programs being funded in your community, please visit www.npfsouthflorida.org.
Moving Day®, A Walk for Parkinson’s, is taking place in cities across the United States. For more information, visit www.npfmovingday.org. To make a difference in your community, register today for Moving Day® Miami, taking place on October 5, 2014, visit www.movingdaymiami.org.
Founded in 1957, the National Parkinson Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson's disease through research, education and outreach. NPF has funded more than $180 million in care, research and support services. For more information about NPF, visit www.parkinson.org, or call the NPF Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636).
Affecting an estimated one million Americans and four to six million worldwide, PD is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's and is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression) as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for PD and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.