Thanks Minnesota for making 2014 a great year for the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota. Our reach has been far and wide, but here are a few highlights of our events and outreach throughout the past year.
“Living with Parkinson’s” TPT production
Working with TPT, we were able to produce “Living with Parkinson’s”, a half-hour show dedicated to PD, from diagnosis to living with the disease. The show is available online, including segment breaks relevant to specific topics. If you are interested in receiving a DVD copy of the show please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 763.545.1272.
And keep an eye out next year as we introduce a special medical feature each month in relation to each of the topics covered in “Living with Parkinson’s”.
In addition to guest speakers, grants and support group assistance, NPFM also offers materials for people living with Parkinson’s to learn more about the disease and the many facets they may encounter during the journey.
The popular ‘Rainbow Books’, the widely respected ten-volume Parkinson’s education series focused on issues critical to patients. Patients, families and professionals alike consider these books essential for education about PD, ranging from introductory information to more in-depth material that can be kept and reread many times over.
Interested in getting your own copies of the series? Want a book just on medications, sleep or caregiving? Email us at email@example.com or call 763.545.1272 to request your FREE issues.
Support Group Materials
NPFM is fortunate to assist those who assist others by providing reference materials for support groups.
This year support groups around the state received three books and a DVD with the “Living with Parkinson’s” show from TPT. The materials can be used as a discussion topic for support group meetings or loaned out to group members.
Give to the Max Day
An annual day of online giving in Minnesota, the 2014 Give to the Max Day was a great success. Thanks to the generosity of the PD community in the state NPFM was able to raise nearly $9,000, almost doubling the total from the previous year.
The day gave individuals an opportunity to donate to our Parkinson-Friendly Communities initiative, support grants or the general fund.
Thank you to everyone who donated, and to our People with Parkinson’s Advisory Board who served as the face (literally) of the marketing materials.
NPFM is proud to offer educational speakers throughout the year. In addition to Evenings Out, we partner with local organizations that work directly with the Parkinson’s community to host informational sessions around the state.
Additionally, members of the Clinical Advisory Board (medical professionals) and the People with Parkinson’s Advisory Committee are available for speaking/educational events. Interested in having someone speak to your group? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dance to Break the Record
Held this year at the Ridgedale YMCA in Minnetonka, Dance to Break the Record offered an opportunity for the Parkinson’s community to come together and get active through dance while challenging chapters from around the country to beat our record of most people dancing for Parkinson’s at one time.
In addition to the record breaking dance, the day also offered tango lessons, free dance and a prize raffle.
Struthers Parkinson’s Center
The local National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence, NPFM works closely with Struthers by providing funding for education and other outreach programs across the state. This year, in addition to general education, Struthers offered a successful exercise training program for group exercise leaders. This training was designed to educate group leaders about how to work with PD patients in exercise programs, helping to maximize exercise effectiveness. This program is just one example of the importance of exercise, and how Struthers works to help improve the lives of those living with PD.
Thank you to Struthers for all that you do!
Evening Out for Parkinson’s
NPFM is proud to host two Evening Out for Parkinson’s each year. The event provides a Parkinson’s-friendly dinner and entertainment for the Parkinson’s community. Often, Parkinson’s families may be isolated because of the disease and its visible symptoms. The Evening Out for Parkinson’s is an opportunity for Parkinson’s families to enjoy a celebration without fear or hesitation.
Through a generous grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, NPFM has been able to work with cities around the state to form Parkinson-Friendly Communities (PFC). Alexandria, Fargo/Moorhead, Willmar, St. Cloud and Mankato have all been touched by NPFM through educational and exercise initiatives, engaging not only people living with PD, but the community as a whole.
For a look at where we’ve been and what we’ve done, read the following article.
The annual golf tournament was held this year on June 30 at the Minnesota Valley Country Club. This year through the generosity of sponsors, donors and participants we were able to raise $75,000 to support the Parkinson Support Grant Program.
Since its inception in 2006, the annual event has raised over $250,000 for the support grant program.
Parkinson Support Grant Program
NPFM supports those living with and affected by Parkinson’s with its Parkinson Support Grant Program.
Originally conceived as a caregiver respite grant program, this year we expanded our reach by adding help-at-home and exercise initiatives. Individuals/families are welcome to apply for one of the three grants worth $500 every 12 months.
For more information, check out the brochure below or visit our website.
Moving Day® Walk
The 2014 Moving Day® walk was a success, with over $231,000 raised from nearly 2,500 donors.
A day to unite families, friends and communities both large and small in the fight against Parkinson’s disease, the event offers unique exercise and educational areas in addition to the traditional walk. The walk has continued to grow every year since its inception and we hope that 2015 is no different. Team sign-up has already started! Learn more and join us now in our mission to help those affected by PD.