NEW YORK & MIAMI (July 25, 2023) – The Parkinson’s Foundation today announced the recipients of nearly $1 million in community grants for Parkinson’s disease (PD) programs across the U.S. The programs funded by the Foundation will benefit people with PD in 35 states. The Foundation invests in community programs that make an impact in local communities and help people live better with PD by providing support for unmet health, wellness and educational needs.
“Community-based grants can empower leaders of meaningful Parkinson’s programs who both understand and are equipped to address the local community’s most pressing needs,” said Parkinson’s Foundation President and CEO John L. Lehr. “These investments reflect the Foundation’s continued commitment to making a difference in the lives of people with PD from all walks of life.”
Community grants range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $25,000 per recipient. The 2023 grant cycle focuses on programs that educate and deliver exercise specifically designed for people with PD, reach those who are PD care partners, and address the intersection of mental health and PD.
“The goal of our program, Get Living with Parkinson’s, is to promote physical, mental, emotional and social health for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners, supporting each participant as a whole person,” said Megan Munoz, recreation supervisor for the program in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. “With this generous grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, we will be able to improve upon and expand our program further into the community and surrounding areas to reach everyone who can benefit from the program’s offerings.”
Since 2011, the Foundation has invested more than $10.4 million in 787 community-based programs. To see the full list of the 2023 community grant recipients, visit Parkinson.org/CommunityGrants.
About the Parkinson’s Foundation
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease 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. Since 1957, the Parkinson’s Foundation has invested more than $425 million in Parkinson’s research and clinical care. Connect with us on Parkinson.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or call 1-800-4PD-INFO (1-800-473-4636).
About Parkinson’s Disease
Affecting an estimated one million Americans, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the U.S. 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 Parkinson’s and nearly 90,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the U.S.