Parkinson’s Foundation announces community grants recipient

The Parkinson’s Foundation recently announced that it will grant $ 18,000 for local Parkinson’s disease (PD) programs in Syracuse. The community grant 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 natiowide. This year’s grant cycle focused on three areas: 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 over 75 people with Parkinson’s disease to access the educational, activity, social and exercise programs so vital to helping them cope with their disease,” said grant recipient, physician therapist Patrick VanBeveren, who practices in Syracuse. “We are thrilled that we can now provide people with Parkinson’s and their care partners unique programing that will change the way they live with PD for the better.”

In Syracuse, the Parkinson’s Foundation community grant will fund: “Aging Backwards through Activities and Fitness Programs: A Multidimensional Program for People with Parkinson’s disease.”Programming will take place at Rock Steady Boxing Syracuse on Old Liverpool Road in Liverpool.