Dale Severance, Esq.
Advisory Board Member
Dale Severance was born on December 4, 1940 in Syracuse, NY. The oldest of five children, he graduated from Syracuse University and Brooklyn Law School in 1973, was admitted to the NY Bar in July 1974 and founded the law practice of Severance, Burko & Spalter, PC, which represented claimants before the Workmans Compensation Board and Social Security Administration.
Dale retired in December 1996 for medical reasons, having been diagnosed with Parkinsons disease in November 1992. Since then he has devoted himself fulltime to help people with Parkinsons disease and to raise funds to find a cure for this disease.
He is a member of the Support Group at the Parkinsons Disease Foundation in NYC and Syracuse, NY, and frequently is a speaker at other support groups in the Northeast. Dale is a grass roots lobbyist and has lobbied more than 120 members of Congress. He is the co-founder of The Pan Handlers, a NYC Lobby Group, and a founding member of The Parkinson Alliance, a national fundraising effort to support Parkinsons disease research. In 1999, as President of the Syracuse Support Group, he sponsored and developed Syracuses first symposium for the Parkinson community of central New York. He received the Sidney Doros award in February of 1999 in recognition of work in the local community and support groups for Parkinsons awareness.
In 1998, Dale began working on a national database of support groups throughout the United States and Canada. He conceived this project, as a way to unite the efforts of all PWPs, to coordinate our efforts to find a cure for Parkinsons disease. This entailed many personal phone calls, mailings and face-to-face meetings in the development of this database. Currently, over 2,000 groups are listed. This database is available by state to Parkinsons support groups as well as all of the national organizations.
Currently, Dale travels with other members of The Parkinson Alliance to raise money for pilot study grants.