In October the Michael J Fox Foundation chose Orlando to host Partners in Parkinson’s educational seminar. This free event had over 1,200 people in attendance from many cities and states across the nation. The event’s resource fair included several national organizations, care centers & trial sites, allied healthcare providers and local resources. Among those included Florida Hospital Parkinson Outreach Center, Bioclinica and the Parkinson Association of Central Florida.
Several Central Florida community members were represented and spoke on a variety of different panels. PACF Board Member, Don Bartlett, Nydia Burgos and Advisory Board Member, Tonya Walker were represented in the morning panel, The Many Faces of Parkinson’s. John and Dorothy Gabriel provided information on Seeing a Movement Disorder Specialist lead by Dr. Soania Mathur. In the afternoon Anissa Mitchell, LCSW Florida Hospital Parkinson Outreach Program Manager, Nettie Levett and Richard and Kathi Wells were represented during the You, Your Loved One and Parkinson’s Disease. Each panel helped provide a different perspective on Parkinson’s and many ways on how to manage it.
Partners in Parkinson’s helped provide resources and education to the public and helped shed light on the importance of resources in the community. Local organizations, such as the Florida Hospital Parkinson Outreach Center, Bioclinica and Parkinson Association of Central Florida who are dedicated to working hard to provide resources and research to the community and to one day find a cure.