Mission: Empowering the Wisconsin Parkinson’s community through support, education, and mind/body programs.
Welcome! Parkinson disease is a neurodegenerative disease resulting in the loss of dopamine production. Dopamine is the neuro-transmitter responsible for aiding in body movements. Symptoms include slowness of movement, tremor, muscle stiffness and postural instability. To date, there is no cure. The mission of the Wisconsin Chapter of the APDA is to “Ease the Burden, to Find the Cure.” We do this by providing support and empowering people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, and caregivers through education, fundraising for research, sponsoring support groups, and networking with resource and referral agencies involved in the care of people with Parkinson’s disease throughout Wisconsin.
Please check out American Parkinson Disease Association during the month of April for “30 days, 30 Ways, To Make A Difference.”
Preakness for Parkinsons!
On Saturday May 16th, Nick Earley is hosting a fundraiser at Lucky’s Bar and Grille (1421 Regent Street, Madison WI) with proceeds going to American Parkinson Disease Association-Wisconsin Chapter. The event lasts from 11 am-6 pm. Individuals are encouraged to dress up with large hats and horse race fashion as outfits will be voted on with a prize for the winner! The event will consist of a bags tournament at 11:30 am, meat raffle, selling chips with horse numbers that are in the Preakness race, and finally another raffle with prizes such as a packers tailgate tent, shirts, gift baskets, and gift cards. The cost of entering the bags tournament is $10 a person and the winner of the event wins a barrel party from Capital Brewery! If interested in signing up for the bags tournament, you can call Nick at (608) 280-1641 or find out more information through his facebook event!
Rowing with Parkinsons!
Learn the fundamentals of rowing from a safe, land-based environment. Most of class time will be spent on ergometers, or rowing machines, and the focus will be on balance, technique and aerobic exercise. It’s a new way to stretch your muscles. Participants will also learn about rowing equipment including boats, oars, and seats. There will be an on-the-water session the last week of class. The dates are Tuesday, July 7 through Thursday, August 13 from 4-5:30pm. If interested, please contact Jordan Mooney at (608) 229-7628.
Save the Date- Optimism Walk August 30th!
This year, the Optimism Walk will be Sunday August 30th at Warner Park from 11am-3pm. Please check out all of the information including registration by clicking here!
My Father’s Clowns
By Jamie Roman
The “My Father’s Clowns” calendar is dedicated to the memory of Robert J. Roman. My Dad made these clowns for over 20 years from rocks collected near where my family vacationed. Dad passed away from Parkinson’s in 2004 and I finally adopted all the “clownies” ten years later. The calendar features the clownies on backgrounds of original photographs that I have taken.
Coincidentally, after the calendars were made and I had arranged to donate the proceeds to APDA-Wisconsin Chapter, my son learned Grandpa (Dad) had raised substantial money for APDA in Utah as a member of their Board of Directors. My son and I feel this is now a three generation project continuing what Dad started by raising money for those with Parkinson’s Disease for years to come.
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Purchase a Parkinson’s bracelet today as a gift! The bracelets feature: -Sterling Silver is strong and long-lasting; similar to the strength it takes to fight Parkinson disease -Hand-stamped charms create a personalized bracelet for people involved with Parkinson’s community -Charms: two flat circular sterling silver hand-stamped discs say: “WI” and “CURE” -Swarovski Crystals are beautiful; just like the families supporting people with Parkinson disease -Red and blue Swarovski crystals are the APDA’s colors -Sterling Silver magnetic clasps make putting it on easy -Sterling Silver flex bead wire is comfortable to wear The bracelet is lovingly designed by an artist and the granddaughter of a person with Parkinson’s and is keenly tied to our Chapter’s purpose. Purchase one today at http://wdaviesdesigns.storenvy.com.