April 2012 Monthly Message

NIH at Risk for Significant Budget Hit:  Fiscal Year 2013 Federal Budget Appropriations Update
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 federal budget is moving through the appropriations process on Capitol Hill, and the Parkinson's community needs to be prepared to fight.  Why?  This week, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released its FY 2013 funding allocations – the maximum spending amount allowed for each federal department – including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The Committee set top-line FY 2013 funding for the Departments of Labor and HHS at $150 billion.  This is $7.7 billion lower than the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee-approved FY 2013 spending level.  More...

How Can YOU Advocate?
Advocacy is the cornerstone of PAN's success in the fight for federal biomedical research funding.  You don't have to have Parkinson's disease to speak out for the community.  This article provides tips and materials available to lend your voice to the larger Parkinson's community fighting for better treatments and a cure.  Click here to read more!

Comcast Newsmakers:  Learn About One Advocate's Experience with Parkinson's
PAN's Delaware State Director, Gary Chard, talks with host Kellye Lynn about his experience not just with Parkinson's disease, but as a PAN advocate.  Chard talks about his initial diagnosis, and the work he does to raise awareness and fight for federal funding toward a cure.  You can watch the video here.

Clear Channel Radio:  PAN CEO Amy Comstock Rick Raises Awareness About Parkinson's
PAN CEO Amy Comstock Rick takes her message to the airwaves this month in an interview with Clear Channel Radio's Bernie Lucas to talk about why advocacy is critical to finding better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's disease.  You can listen to the full interview here.

Parkinson's Institute's Langston and Tanner Honored
The Parkinson's Institute's CEO, Dr. J. William Langston, and Director of Clinical Research, Dr. Caroline M. Tanner, were honored this month for their work in the Parkinson's disease field.  Langston was awarded the Robert M. Pritzker Award by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for his lifetime leadership in the Parkinson's disease field.   He serves on PAN's Honorary Council.  Tanner was awarded the 2012 Movement Disorders Research Award by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).  Click here to learn more about these prestigious awards and their recipients.

Parkinson's Awareness Month
On Thursday, March 29, the United States Senate declared the month of April Parkinson's Awareness Month.  The Parkinson's community has been working hard all month to raise awareness and educate the public about Parkinson's disease, and the need for strong federal funding and policy support.  Check out PAN's website to see state and local proclamations PAN advocates received in April.

Support PAN's Work, and Honor a Loved One!
In honor of Parkinson's Awareness Month, the Parkinson's Action Network is excited to present its annual online Tulip Garden.  Click here to celebrate, honor, and remember family and loved ones who have been touched by Parkinson's disease.

Join Us For the 2012 Udall Awards Dinner
Join the Parkinson's Action Network on October 3, 2012 for the Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner.  The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy is special program guest.  Dinner Co-Chairs are Diane and John Rehm and Morton Kondracke.  Honorary Dinner Chair is Michael J. Fox.  Congratulate Florida's Michael Church and Gretchen Garie-Church on their Milly Kondracke Award for Outstanding Advocacy!  It's an exciting night in Washington, and proceeds from the dinner support the work of the Parkinson's Action Network.  Click here to learn more, become a sponsor, place a tribute message in the program book, or buy tickets to the dinner!

Save the Date:  2013 PAN Forum
The Parkinson's Action Network will hold its open-to-the-public 2013 Research and Public Policy Forum in Washington, D.C., on February 25 – 27, 2013.  Watch your email inbox for details in the coming months!

Parkinson's in the Media
A round-up of some recent news articles of interest to the Parkinson's community.  Click here.