PAN Advocate Jean Burns Given Bonander Award at Unity Walk

April 2011 Monthly Message

- He Did It His Way: PAN’s Chairman of the Board on Business, Philanthropy, and Opportunity
- Turning a Difficult Meeting into a Successful Advocacy Experience
- Medtronic and Eli Lilly Announce Drug-Device Collaboration for Parkinson’s Disease
- April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month
- PAN Advocate Jean Burns Given Bonander Award at Unity Walk
- PAN Director of Development / Individual Giving Featured on Comcast Newsmakers
- SAVE THE DATE – 2011 Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner
- Parkinson’s in the Media


Jean Burns, a longtime advocate with the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) from Arizona, was awarded the 2011 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award from the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York City on April 16.  Burns’s steadfast commitment to the Parkinson’s community has been well-documented, and in 2009, PAN honored her with the Milly Kondracke Award for Outstanding Advocacy.

“Jean’s creative work for our community is a source of inspiration for many Parkinson’s advocates, including myself,” said Hayley Carpenter, PAN’s Director of Outreach.  “Whether Jean is speaking to support groups or classrooms, or creating posters or Power Point presentations, she is always thinking of ways to use her talents to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s.”

Beginning in 2005, Burns served as PAN’s Congressional Coordinator for Arizona’s 6th district and then as Arizona’s State Coordinator.  She coordinated the local PAN Forum Webcast viewing in 2010, and she assists in disseminating information about Parkinson’s disease across the state.  In her PAN roles, Burns has done an outstanding job serving as liaison between other Parkinson’s groups and chapters in the greater Phoenix area for years.

Burns’s expertise in technology and graphic design has made her the go-to person when PAN advocates need help with their websites and other technology tools.  She has also generously provided her technological and social media skills to support PAN’s national efforts.

Burns has also been working with the nation’s Parkinson’s organizations to adopt the stylized PD Tulip as the symbol for awareness.  And, she is always looking for newer, more effective ways to communicate and share information with those in rural areas or who do not have a computer.

PAN is immensely proud of Jean’s hard work for our community, and we congratulate her on receiving this honor.