2013 Parkinsonís Unity Walk Raised Over $1.7 Million in Donations for Parkinsonís Research

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Final tally of donations from the 2013 Parkinson’s Unity Walk announced.

KINGSTON, N.J., June 28, 2013 – The Parkinson Alliance announced that the 2013 Parkinson's Unity Walk held on Saturday, April 27th in New York City's Central Park has resulted into raising more than $1.7 million in donations.  100% of the funds raised will go to Parkinson’s research, funded by seven leading Parkinson’s foundations in the United States.  The Parkinson’s Unity Walk is the largest awareness and fundraising event for Parkinson’s disease research in the United States.  

This year’s Walk united more than 10,000 walkers in raising awareness for Parkinson’s disease and to support research for better treatments, and hopefully one day a cure.  “While treatments help with Parkinson’s symptoms, currently there is no cure.  Our goal is to raise funds to further advance Parkinson's disease research,” stated Carol Walton, CEO of The Parkinson Alliance.  “We are once again able to help fund research because of combined efforts from generous donors and registered participants who fundraised all year long,” added Walton.     

It was indeed a result of united efforts.  4,100+ walkers and 525+ teams registered and reached out to their family and friends to ask them to join in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.  Walk participants also held their own fundraisers year round to create awareness.  This resulted into 18,000+ donors who generously stepped up with a gift in support of Parkinson’s research.  Donors were represented from 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 22 countries (in addition to the United States).  

Proceeds from the Parkinson’s Unity Walk will be shared equally among the following seven Parkinson's foundations to help fund research:  American Parkinson Disease Association, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, National Parkinson Foundation, Parkinson's Action Network, The Parkinson Alliance, Parkinson's Disease Foundation, and The Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center.  Recipients of Walk funds are now in the process of submitting their grant proposals and providing summaries regarding their grants from previous years.  This information will be posted on the Parkinson’s Unity Walk website, as information is received. 

The generosity of each sponsor allows the Parkinson's Unity Walk to donate one hundred percent of all donations to research.  In addition to individual and team fundraising efforts, AbbVie, a global research–based biopharmaceutical company and premier sponsor of the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, donated $15 for every photo taken and message of encouragement written on the Messages of Hope™ Wall.  Through their Messages of Hope™ Wall, AbbVie has raised an additional $15,000, which was donated directly to the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in support of research.  2013 Walk sponsors also included Teva CNS, UCB, Chelsea Therapeutics, LSVT Global, Medtronic, Novartis, and US WorldMeds. 

Plans for the next Parkinson’s Unity Walk are already under way and is scheduled on a Saturday in April of 2014.  Exact date will be announced around the month of December 2013, as soon as it is confirmed by the Central Park Conservancy.  For more information, all are encouraged to stay connected with the Parkinson's Unity Walk on Facebook and Twitter, and via email alerts.

About The Parkinson Alliance
The Parkinson Alliance® is a national non-profit organization, dedicated to raising funds to help finance the most promising research to find the cause and cure for Parkinson's disease; and is the umbrella organization for the Parkinson's Unity Walk®.  Since its inception in 1994, one hundred percent of donations to the Parkinson's Unity Walk have gone to research and more than $12 million in research grants have been awarded.  Additional information is available at www.unitywalk.org or by calling 866-789-9255 (866-PUW-WALK).

About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson's disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over age 60.  It is estimated that more than one million people in the U.S. are living with Parkinson's disease, and 60,000 new cases – one every nine minutes – are diagnosed each year.  Recent research indicates that there are more than five million people worldwide living with Parkinson's disease.  The cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown, and while there is no cure, there are treatment options including medication and surgery, to help manage symptoms.  

Contact
Helaine Isaacs
Event Director
Parkinson’s Unity Walk
866-789-9255
info@unitywalk.org

Source of Press Release
The Parkinson Alliance

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