August 2012 Monthly Message

Continuing Resolution, Sequestration, and a Fiscal Cliff?  What to Expect from Congress This Fall
PAN's Director of Policy Development pens a column on where the federal budget for 2013 stands in Congress and what we can expect after August recess is over and policymakers come back to work.  Click here to read about why this is important to the Parkinson's community.

Celebrate the Parkinson's Community at the 2012 Morris K. 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 our special program guest.  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!

Meet Israel Robledo, PAN's Texas State Director
Elementary school teacher Israel Robledo says “my life's work starts when I get home and work on the issues I'm passionate about while I still can be of service to those in the Parkinson's community who don't have a voice.”  Robledo says his work as an advocate “allows me to look outward … and focus on getting people to clinical trials, supporting funding sources, and reaching out to clinicians and researchers to develop new therapies and eventually a cure for Parkinson's.”  Read more about Israel and his advocacy work here.

PAN Awards $75,000 in Researcher-Advocate Prizes
The Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) announced it has awarded a total of $75,000 to three Parkinson's disease researchers as part of a new effort to recognize members of the scientific community for their advocacy and community outreach work.  Click here to learn more about the prize winners and the advocacy work they do!

Diane Rehm Talks About Her Connection to the Parkinson's Community
In this Comcast Newsmakers segment, Diane Rehm, host of NPR's “The Diane Rehm Show,” talks about her husband, John who is living with Parkinson's disease, and why being PAN's Udall Dinner co-chair is important to her.  Click here to watch Diane's moving interview.

The Impact of Federal Funding:  New Website Touts NIH's Great Work
PAN advocates fight for funding increases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Why?  The NIH is the leading supporter of biomedical research in the world, and NIH funding is passed down to universities and institutions across the country, creating jobs and fueling local economies.  This new website, NIH Impact, showcases the ways in which NIH funding has made a difference in the health and lives of Americans and is a great resource to share when talking about why NIH funding is so important to the Parkinson's community, and to all Americans.

Did You Watch PAN's Caregiver Interviews?
Caregivers are important members of the Parkinson's community, and their advocacy voices make a difference in the fight for better treatments and cures.  Click here to watch the interviews and learn about federal and state resources for caregivers.

Take PAN's Caregiver Survey!
Are you a caregiver or care partner?  We'd like to hear from you to better understand what the needs are, and how federal and state resources might be better put to use.  Click here to take the survey.

Save the Date:  2013 PAN Forum
The Parkinson's Action Network will hold its open-to-the-public 2013 PAN Forum in Washington, D.C., February 25 – 27, 2013.  Watch your email 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.