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New music video "Blame it on the Parkinson's" by Mitch Faile: The song, and its positive message, uses light humor to raise awareness for the estimated one million people in the US that suffer from Parkinson's Disease. Mitch wrote the song in the shower as self therapy, and was encouraged by family and friends to record it to share with a broader audience.


Patient Council Member to Receive Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award at Parkinson’s Unity Walk: Some nice words from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research about our Co-Founder, Bill Wilkins! He received the Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award in April 2015 at the Parkinson's Unity Walk.


Wilkins Parkinson's Foundation Co-Founder Bill Wilkins to Receive Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award: The Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award winner is nominated and voted on by a Parkinson’s Unity Walk committee, including prior Bonander recipients. It is awarded to an individual in recognition of their exemplary contribution to the Parkinson’s community. The 2015 Bonander award will be presented to Wilkins at the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York, NY on April 25, 2015.


WPF hosts Parkinson's Disease Southern Symposium in Spartanburg, SC: This four day event brings top physicians in the field of Movement Disorders promoting medical education about Parkinson's Disease.


WPF to Partner with Emory University's Movement Disorder Clinic at 6th Annual Polo for Parkinson's Fundraiser: This year, the popular fundraiser is teaming up with Emory University’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program to promote understanding of Parkinson’s Disease and to raise funds for research leading to a cure.


Poker for Parkinson's event to be held at The Isle Casino in South Florida: To help fund Parkinson’s disease awareness, former NFL players Daunte Culpepper, Troy Drayton, and more, are putting on their game face to bring about a change, and ultimately a cure to this devastating disease.


New Executive Vice President at Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation: Atlanta-based Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation [WPF] is pleased to announce Brian McCurry as the Executive Vice President to this growing philanthropy. McCurry, a former executive for several pharmaceutical companies joined the WPF staff on April 23.


WPF Co-Founder Honored by The Foundation of Wesley Woods: Bill Wilkins to receive "Key to a Cure" award: The Foundation of Wesley Woods continues to pay honor to those over sixty years of age who tirelessly make an impact on the lives of everyday Georgians afflicted with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Bill Wilkins, co-founder of the Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation [WPF] will receive a Key to a Cure award at the Foundation’s annual Heroes, Saints, and Legends Awards Dinner and Gala on May 10, 2012.


WPF Advocates on behalf of the Michael J. Fox Foundation's "Trial Finder": Dedicated to raising awareness about Parkinson’s disease, the Wilkins Parkinson's Foundation. is now assisting one of the biggest names in PD research, the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Together they are seeking people to join the Fox Trial Finder by utilizing newsletters, social media, and various websites to inform and advocate. The newly established program helps people, those with or without Parkinson’s, locate and participate in Parkinson's-related clinical trials.


WPF Launches PD Awareness ads in New York City for National Parkinson's Awareness month: Beginning April 1st, New York City residents and visitors will see a variety of out-of-home media displays designed to increase awareness for Parkinson's Disease. The "New Faces of Parkinson's" campaign uses a variety of media types including phone kiosks, "branded" bus interiors, and digital panels located at subway entrances. The ads direct viewers to visit this web site to learn more about Parkinson's Disease and how to get involved in the fight against PD. Stay tuned for photos, or visit our Facebook page.


WPF Develops two :30 Public Service Announcements for PD Awareness: Local Parkinson's patients Tamra Cantore and Ben Jackson are each featured in their own :30 commercials funded by WPF. The goal of this project is to find networks willing to air the spots on a pro bono basis. Each ad can be tagged at the end to support local PD organizations who are able to find support for this project in the local areas, or nationwide. See Tamra Cantore and Ben Jackson's videos on YouTube by clicking on their names.


Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation creates a program to take PD Research from Hospital to Home: "In an effort to continue raising awareness and promoting research for Parkinson’s disease (PD), Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation (WPF) is spearheading a new project called “PD Research – Sounds from Emory”, thanks to a grant from the Community Engagement and Research Program of the Atlanta Clinical Translational Science Institute funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)." (WPF Press Release)


Big success at WPF's Polo for Parkinson's: "On Sunday, October 16th, Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation (WPF) hosted their fourth annual Polo for Parkinson’s charity match and silent auction at Chukkar Farm and Polo Club in Alpharetta, GA. Polo for Parkinson’s is the only polo match held nationwide to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease. This year, WPF raised over $50,000 for Parkinson’s disease awareness through their event. " (WPF Press Release)


Roswell man climbs Kilimanjaro mountain for charity - Comes down with new outlook on life: "Daniel Wilkins grew up in Roswell. Now, he has done something few people can claim – he's climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Wilkins did not take on the journey to Africa out of love of mountaineering or a desire to see exotic places; he went because of his father. Wilkins helps run the Wilkins Parkinson's Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of Parkinson's." (North Fulton News)


WPF Co-Founder Daniel Wilkins interviewed on CBS Atlanta: "On August 16, 2011, Co-Founder Daniel Wilkins was interviewed on CBS Atlanta News about his climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro with a group of MS & PD patients." (CBS News Atlanta)


WPF Joins Forces with APDA GA Chapter and Team Cantore to Raise Awareness of Parkinson’s Disease at the Sandy Springs Annual Festival: "This year, on September 17th and 18th, three groups dedicated to raising awareness for Parkinson’s disease will come together for the first time to spread the word about what local Georgians are doing to help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD)." (WPF Press Release)


WPF Selected as Bre.ad's "Toast of the Week": "Bre.ad billboards (“toasts”) are a great way to share information and inspire action, and this week, we’re very impressed by the creativity of the Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation." (Bre.ad)


Group returns from Kilimanjaro climb to raise awarness about Parkinson's: "Daniel Wilkins, co-founder of the Atlanta-based Wilkins Parkinson's Foundation recently returned from a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro as part of an effort to raise awareness about that disease and multiple sclerosis." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation Raffle Winner Drawn by Emory Professor of Neurology: "Dr. Thomas Wichmann, MD, professor of neurology at Emory, was the guest of honor yesterday at Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation, drawing the winning name of their most recent fundraiser, a raffle for a dream vacation to Tuscany." (WPF Press Release)


WPF Co-Founder Daniel Wilkins to ascend Mt. Kilimanjaro as a climbing parther for PD patient: "Beginning July 10th, a group of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients will summit the 19,340 foot, highest free-standing mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa to raise awareness to the highest level." (WPF Press Release)


Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation Featured in Times Square Billboards: "Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation was selected by Thomson Reuters (www.reuters.com) to participate in a new Digital Billboard program in Times Square, giving WPF the opportunity to be seen by millions of people this summer." (WPF Press Release)


Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation Creates Billboards to Promote Ride With Larry: "On June 25th, 2011 a group of cyclists will be riding from Sioux Falls, SD to Vermillion, SD with a Parkinson’s disease patient named Larry Smith. After twenty years with Parkinson’s, Larry plans to bike across his state of South Dakota with the support of his family and community to show the power of keeping your body active and mind positive, proving that the best cure is living life to its fullest. In a continued effort to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease, Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation (www.wilkins-pf.org) partnered with Lamar Outdoor (www.lamaroutdoor.com) to create billboards that will be showcased in Sioux Falls, SD, where the cyclists will begin their ride." (WPF Press Release)


WPF Co-Founder W.N. “Bill” Wilkins appointed to Emory University’s Udall Parkinson’s Disease Research Center’s Community Outreach Board: "The aim of the Community Outreach Board is to serve as a resource on Parkinson’s disease in an effort to enhance the public’s understanding of the nature of the disease and of the research needed to develop better treatments. The board will formulate a community outreach plan, plan specific outreach events such as seminars, workshops, and other meetings, and guide development of the Udall Center’s public image." (WPF Press Release)

Family struggle inspires student’s event: "After both of her grandfathers were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, sophomore India Pender knew she wanted to do something to fight it. Last summer, she interned with Wilkins Media Company and helped plan a Polo for Parkinson’s fundraiser. Bill Wilkins, the CEO and chairman of the company, has Parkinson’s and founded the Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation." (redandblack.com)


Wilkins Parkinson's Foundation places Subway 2-sheet posters promoting the Parkinson's Unity Walk: "Due to the generosity of the Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation, billboards promoting the 17th Parkinson’s Unity Walk are now on display in subway stations around Central Park. Look for these billboards at stations that serve the B and C train on Central Park West, the 6 train along Lexington Avenue and the F train at 57th Street." (unitywalk.org)

WPF Co-Founder W.N. “Bill” Wilkins appointed to Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Patient Council: "Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation is pleased to announce that its Co-Founder, Bill Wilkins, is a charter member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Patient Council." (WPF Press Release)

From MediaPost: "Wilkins Parkinson's Foundation, with the help of Digital Place-Based Media Company n2, ran an award-winning nine-week digital out-of-home media program for Team Fox, with custom creative, across 22 OVAB member networks. The campaign included nearly 137,000 screens in 230 markets, creating 1.3 billion opportunities to see the ad." (mediapost.com)


From the Michael J. Fox Foundation: "The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research announced that its partnership with Wilkins Media Company and Lamar Advertising has been a major asset in 2009 efforts to raise awareness of the fight against Parkinson’s disease. Between April and September, the digital messages supporting MJFF’s efforts were seen on more than 400 Lamar digital displays in 26 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. Thanks to the generosity of Wilkins and Lamar, the visibility for the Foundation’s efforts to find a cure has come to MJFF entirely free of charge." (michaeljfox.org)