The Parkinson’s Foundation announced that it will grant $10,000 to the YMCA of Metro Atlanta for local Parkinson’s disease (PD) programs in the Metro Atlanta area. The community grants will support health, wellness and educational programs that address unmet needs in the PD community.
“We are proud to announce these community grants and expand programs and resources in Parkinson’s communities across the entire nation,” said John L. Lehr, Parkinson’s Foundation president and chief executive officer. “These grant recipients share our passion and commitment to making life better for people with Parkinson’s.”
The Parkinson’s Foundation awarded more than $1.5 million in community grants. This year’s grant cycle focused on three areas including: programs that provide a service for underserved PD communities, initiatives that reach the newly diagnosed and clinical trial education and participation that reach those under-represented in the PD community.
“The support we’re receiving from the Parkinson’s Foundation community grant will help our local YMCAs start a Parkinson’s boxing program,” said Jennifer Rewkowski, YMCA of Metro Atlanta’s director of program management. “We are thrilled that we can now provide people with Parkinson’s and their care partners this unique program that will change the way they live with PD for the better.”
In the Metro Atlanta area, Parkinson’s Foundation community grants will fund:
• Growth and sustainability of our PD Movement classes
• Growth and sustainability of our PD Group Cycling classes
• Start-up of our PD Boxing classes
Affecting nearly one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. For more information, visit www.parkinson.org or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).
For the full list of the 2019 grant recipients visit parkinson.org/2019grants.