Ken Aidekman, Co-founder and Past Chair
Ken Aidekman met Margot Zobel in June of 1994 at the first Parkinson’s Action Network Public Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC. She told him of her plans to stage a walk in New York City. To Ken, it sounded like a unique opportunity to bring people together for a worthwhile cause close to his heart. Both his grandfather and father had suffered with Parkinson’s. It was in their memory that he resolved to fight for a cure.
Ken is the Vice President of Highview Capital Corporation, an investment company that he and his brother Gary founded. He has been active in the Parkinson’s community since the 1980’s. From the outset he promoted unity among Parkinson’s organizations in the New York metropolitan area and nationwide. He believes that cooperation in education, advocacy and fundraising for research is worthwhile for all who seek better treatments and a cure.
From the first Walk, Ken and Margot agreed that contributions collected would support research funded by the major national Parkinson’s foundations. The Walk would also foster “pride, hope and action in a community that had been weak in these qualities for too long.” Not long after the first Walk, a Board of Directors was created and Ken was elected its first chairman.
Ken has said that “the Walk is a fine example of how people with Parkinson’s and their loved ones can make a real difference by working together.” Ken’s number one goal continues to be to help bring about a cure and supports the Walk’s efforts to get us there. He hopes that “with hard work and a bit of luck we will see the day when Parkinson’s will be totally eliminated as a threat to our health and well-being.”