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Parkinson’s Action Network Mourns the Loss of Congressman C.W. Bill Young
Republican Congressman was longtime supporter of the Parkinson’s community
(WASHINGTON, October 21, 2013) – The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) and its community of advocates are saddened by the loss of Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-FL) who passed away Friday after announcing recently that he was retiring from Congress.
Young died at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. after being admitted last week for back problems.
Young was a longtime advocate for the Parkinson’s community and won PAN’s Morris K. Udall Award for Public Service in 2009. His leadership as the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, which he chaired from 1995-1998 and 2005-2006, was instrumental in ensuring the Department of Defense’s continued support of a Parkinson’s-specific research program.
Young was also a leading advocate for increased biomedical research and cures for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. During his Chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee, he successfully led the effort in Congress to double federal medical research funding over five years. As Appropriations Chair, Young’s leadership also led the National Institutes of Health to develop a new research agenda for Parkinson’s.
Young was first elected to Congress in 1970 and served for 22 terms. He was the nation's longest-serving Republican congressman. Prior to being elected to Congress, Young was a Florida State Senator and served nine years in the Army National Guard.
The Parkinson’s Action Network is the unified voice of the Parkinson’s community advocating for better treatments and a cure. In partnership with other Parkinson’s organizations and our powerful grassroots network, PAN educates the public and government leaders on better policies for research and an improved quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s. PAN was founded in 1991 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To learn more, visit www.parkinsonsaction.org .