“I am inspired by those living with Parkinson’s disease and the individuals dedicated to building Parkinson’s-friendly communities™.”
I have had the pleasure of serving as the president of the NPFM board for the past nine years, and I am proud to say that our efforts in building a valued brand have allowed us to become the leader in Minnesota and surrounding areas for Parkinson’s awareness.
During the past year we have achieved a new level of success in building awareness and driving fund raising. NPFM has recently been awarded a substantial grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to build Parkinson’s-friendly communities™ in Willmar, MN, Alexandria, MN and Fargo, ND. It is with great pleasure we enter these new community partnership s. We also received a grant from NPF to pursue a needs assessment for a much needed Care Management Module that will assist families.
We also launched Moving Day Twin Cities- a walk for Parkinson’s disease. Historically NPFM has organized a walk for many, many years. In 2012 we leveraged the national branding of the Moving Day campaign with Katie Couric as the honorary national chair. The slogan of Moving Day is “People Who Move Change the World”. With local support from Bert and Gayle Blyleven as our honorary co-chairs of NPFM and leaders forMoving Day, our event grew in both numbers of participants and in funds raised. This success allows us to better serve the Parkinson’s community.
In the pages of our annual report NPFM Annual Report 2012, we have highlighted a few families who have experienced living with Parkinson’s disease and others who are serving the Parkinson’s community. NPFM is truly creating a new level of awareness and hope for those living with Parkinson’s disease. Your generosity makes this work possible.
I am extending my very personal thanks to our new and long-time supporters who bring help and hope to the more than 20,000 families living with the impact of Parkinson’s disease each day. Together we are improving lives.
Paul Blom, CEO Right at Home
NPFM President, Board of Directors