November 2012 Monthly Message

34 Days to Go Before NIH Loses $2.5 Billion
The future of biomedical research is threatened, as NIH stands to lose $2.5 billion in sequestration cuts.  Learn more about how you can have a voice in this fight.   Click here to read more.

VIDEO:  PAN CEO Amy Comstock Rick Explains Sequestration
PAN CEO Amy Comstock Rick takes to the airwaves to explain sequestration and why these across-the-board budget cuts will be devastating to biomedical research.  Click here to watch!

We Need to Raise $200,000 by December 31st To Continue our Critical Work in 2013!
We are extremely lucky to have an extraordinary matching gift!  Each donation of $100 or more made before December 31, 2012 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to the total of $100,000!  As the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's grows each year, we must ensure our voices are heard during this critical time.  There is no better time to support PAN.  Click here to give a gift!

Come to Washington -- 2013 PAN Forum Scholarships Available
The Parkinson’s Action Network will hold its open-to-the-public 2013 PAN Forum in Washington, D.C., February 25 – 27, 2013.  Informative panels, research updates, policy initiatives, and Capitol Hill visits await Forum attendees.  Click here to apply for a scholarship to attend the Forum, or to learn more about this educational advocacy event!

Meet Robin Katsaros:  PAN’s California Assistant State Director
Robin Katsaros thrives on community and action in her advocacy efforts.  In this interview, she talks about how PAN makes advocacy easy, and how the PAN Forum had a profound impact on her life.  Click here to read the full interview.

Medicare Improvement Standard Victory for Parkinson’s Community
PAN joined a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services challenging Medicare’s “improvement standard.”   The case has gone to a favorable settlement for the Parkinson’s community, and some Medicare policies and coverage guidelines will change.  Click here to read an informative New York Times article on the case.  The Center for Medicare Advocacy (that spearheaded the lawsuit) has a helpful website on the case with information about what Medicare beneficiaries need to know.

PAN Mourns the Loss of Longtime Florida Parkinson’s Advocate Paula Wittekind
Perseverant, kind, spirited, mentor -- four words that describe Paula Wittekind.  The Parkinson’s community will certainly miss her.  Click here to read PAN’s tribute.

Transforming Patient-Centered Research
PAN Texas State Director Israel Robledo and South Carolina State Director Adrienne O’Neill participated in PCORI’s patient-engagement workshop in Washington, D.C.   To learn more about PCORI and this latest workshop, click here.

Parkinson’s in the Media
A round-up of some recent news articles of interest to the Parkinson’s community.  Click here.