PAN Mourns the Loss of Longtime Florida Parkinson's Advocate Paula Wittekind

The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) mourns the loss of longtime Parkinson’s advocate Paula Wittekind, who passed away on November 8, 2012.  A former PAN Florida State Coordinator and active member of the Parkinson Pipeline Project, Paula worked to accelerate new treatments for Parkinson’s disease and represented an authentic voice for patients in the treatment development process. 

“We are grateful for her perseverance in the fight to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease,” said PAN CEO Amy Comstock Rick.  “Not only was Paula a dedicated advocate, she mentored many advocates and encouraged people to make their voices heard.  She always had time to listen and time to teach.  Our community is stronger because of her.”

“Paula Wittekind was an advocate like no other,” said PAN Board member and California Assistant State Director Greg Wasson.  “My wife, AJ, and I spent time with her in Florida just last month and shared stories of our work together over the past dozen or so years.  Paula’s fiery spirit and dogged determination to make sure Members of Congress understood the needs of the Parkinson’s community serve as an inspiration to us all.  We will miss her very much.”

Paula’s obituary can be found here.