PAN Advocates Featured in Local, National Media Outlets

With the 2011 Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) Research & Public Policy Forum now behind us, we wanted to share with you some news articles featuring PAN advocates before and during the Forum.  Nearly three hundred advocates came to Washington, DC from across the country for the education and advocacy sessions, followed by the Parkinson’s Community Call on Congress on March 2.  That day, Parkinson’s advocates conducted over 250 meetings with Members of Congress and their staffs.  The 2011 Forum received excellent media attention, including the following:

National Journal:  Ohio advocate Tom Simons and Minnesota advocate Jackie Hunt Christensen spoke with a reporter from the National Journal, describing how important it is to fund biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health.
NPR:  PAN advocate Leonard Schwartz was determined to reach out to U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) regardless of the Senator’s busy schedule.  This NPR piece highlights Schwartz’s flexible advocacy skills in his interaction with Sen. Corker on the importance of research funding.
Grand Traverse Insider:  Hettie Molvang, a PAN advocate from Michigan, spoke with her local newspaper as she prepared to attend the Forum in Washington, DC.  Her dedication to advocacy throughout the year and the in-person event made for a compelling story.
The Weston Forum:  Connecticut advocate Hans Selander discussed the upcoming Forum with his local newspaper.  In this article, he spoke about events in which he would participate at the Forum, as well as what he was looking forward to about the event.
The Cherry Hill Sun:  Lori Katz, a PAN advocate from New Jersey, was featured in her local newspaper as part of a local delegation that would attend the 2011 PAN Forum.
County Press:  Pennsylvania advocate Ann Connor discussed various Forum sessions and meetings with Members of Congress with her local newspaper as she prepared to attend the Forum.

Carol Blymire
Director of Communications
Parkinson’s Action Network