Dear Parkinson's Community,
In addition to this being Parkinson's Awareness Month, April 6 - 12 is National Volunteer Week. The PAN staff and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is active with PAN, but especially our 154 grassroots leaders around the country. These volunteers, many of whom work multiple hours each week raising awareness of PAN and Parkinson's policy issues, aided PAN in achieving the successes that we had in 2013.
2013 was a banner year for PAN volunteer leaders educating policy makers and the public on issues that impact our community. Our leaders spoke at support groups, published letters to the editor, hosted seminars and fundraisers, and met with their Members of Congress. Although last year was extremely tough for achieving policy change, it was through the efforts of these leaders around the country that we were able to:
And 2014 looks to be just as active. This year, PAN's State Directors, Assistant State Directors, and District Delegates will be working with the PAN staff to not only maintain the programs that we worked so hard for in 2013, but also to explore new and exciting ways that we can promote access to quality care and ensure necessary research to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's. This year, our goals include:
I hope that you will take a moment today to reach out to PAN State Directors, Assistant State Directors, and District Delegates and thank them for all the work that they do on behalf of the entire community. If you do not know who they are in your state, you can find that information by clicking here . Or, as a way to both thank them and help PAN support its vital 2014 efforts, you can post a message to your state volunteer or another loved one on PAN's Tulip Tribute Garden . PAN's Tulip Tribute Garden  is a wonderful way to share with the community your appreciation for someone special in your life. Your message and gift will be put to immediate use to move PAN's mission forward.
As always, thanks to everyone for all of your continued support for PAN. 2014 will be a busy year, but we are optimistic that, together, we can achieve our goals.
Amy Comstock Rick
Date originally posted: April 9, 2014.