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NPFM Accepts #PieItForward Challenge

 

Over 25,000 people are living with Parkinson’s in the state of Minnesota, the third-highest per-capita total in the United States.

Working alongside the National Parkinson Foundation, NPF Minnesota decided to help raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s by participating in the #pieitforward campaign.

To kick off the campaign, executive director David Wheeler and past president Paul Blom accepted the challenge. Watch their video for inspiration and to see who they challenged, then join the effort by following the instructions below!

Want to do Whatever It Takes to Beat Parkinson’s?
To show your support for Parkinson’s? Here are the few easy steps.

1. All those challenged must take a whipped cream pie to the face.

2. When you complete your challenge, the person who challenged you must then donate to the cause. You may also challenge more individuals to participate and help spread awareness!

3. Be sure to share your videos on your favorite social media networks using #PieItForward – then send us the link to your video!

Donations can be made directly to NPFM to help our mission to raise awareness and provide outreach opportunities in the state of Minnesota. Please specify your donation as #pieitforward challenge when submitting.
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Donations can also be made to our national office.

We look forward to seeing your best videos for a great cause, Minnesota!

Leadership candidates sought for NPFM

During its February meeting, the NFPM Board of Directors formed a search committee and charged it with conducting a search for a leader to help the organization continue to grow and enhance the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease. Leading the search is Kent Eklund, vice president of the Board. Serving on the committee are Barb Green, Connie Perpich and Paul Blom.

Please share this opportunity with friends, relatives and colleagues. The application deadline is March 15, 2014. More information is below.

 

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
NATIONAL PARKINSON FOUNDATION MINNESOTA

The Board of Directions of the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota (NPFM) announces the opening of its executive director position. NPFM is a chapter affiliate of the National Parkinson Foundation and is on its way to becoming the most impressive and dynamic nonprofit organization in the region to positively impact the lives of families living with Parkinson’s disease. Our work includes creating Parkinson’s-friendly communities, a family grant program, and backing care improvement, outreach, education and support initiatives across the region. NPFM increases understanding of Parkinson’s disease and also shines light on the critical need for community support. NPFM volunteers, staff and community love being involved because we produce tangible results, express gratitude and create a fun atmosphere while building Parkinson’s-friendly communities.

The successful candidate is a strong yet collaborative and inspiring leader who has demonstrated success working with an active volunteer Board of Directors and small staff. The candidate is organized, goal-oriented and able to multi-task without neglecting management duties. The ideal candidate has demonstrated an ability to develop community partnership and is comfortable representing the organization with the Parkinson’s community, health care organizations, corporations, philanthropists and other stakeholders. The ideal candidate has experience creating and implementing a targeted case for funding. The candidate is a generalist in the truest sense of the word, doing everything from developing overall organizational strategy to budgeting, to marketing, to serving on various committees and leading advisory boards to implement desired outcomes. Finally, the candidate demonstrates exceptional communication, time management and accounting skills.

The role requires a history of success in leading nonprofit organizations or related experience, ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours and a Bachelor’s degree at minimum.

Interested candidates should forward a letter of introduction and a resume to NPFM Search Committee, 5905 Golden Valley Road, Suite 237, Golden Valley, MN 55422 or to info@parkinsonmn.org. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2014.

 

Register now for Fargo-Moorhead Parkinson’s and DBS seminar

Refuse to Surrender to the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease is a seminar co-sponsored sponsored by Medtronic, Tanya Harlow, M.D., movement disorders neurologist, and Adam W. Jackson, M.D., Ph.D, neurosurgeon, with Sanford Brain & Spine Center, Sanford Health, Fargo.

This free seminar is for people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partneres.
It will help you understand:

  • Medtronic DBS Therapy, an FDA-approved treatment for the symptoms of advanced Parkinson’s disease
  • Risks and benefits of Medtronic DBS Therapy

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6 p.m. Although the seminar is free, we’d like to know you are coming. RSVP to info@parkinsonmn.org or call 763-545-1272.

For more information on DBS Therapy, visit www.refusetosurrender.com. For complete safety information about Medtronic DBS Therapy, visit Medtronicdbs.com.