APDA Long Island I&R Centers
The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) was founded in 1961 to “Ease the Burden and Find the Cure” for Parkinson’s Disease. It is a not-for-profit voluntary health agency committed to serving the Parkinson community through a comprehensive program of research, patient education and support. APDA’s goal of promoting a better quality of life for the Parkinson’s community is actualized through its network of Information & Referral Centers, which respond to the needs of people affected by Parkinson’s Disease.
The APDA Long Island Information & Referral Centers are located at the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (Old Westbury) and St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center (Smithtown). With the assistance of volunteers and support from the community, we are able to formulate fundraising events, educational events and social activities.
By working together, we will ultimately achieve our goal to eradicate Parkinson's Disease.
A variety of PD Awareness Resources can be accessed online at the website of APDA National Headquarters.
On Long Island, there are numerous support groups and educational events in Nassau and Suffolk. Be sure to check the "Support Groups" section of this website for details.
Photo: L-R: David Kreitzman, MD, Julie Garofalo, RN, Richard Pearl, MD (APDA I&R Center, Suffolk) and Susan Cunningham (Teva) at APDA Suffolk County Parkinson's Seminar on April 8, 2014.
The 2013 Optimism Walk and Paws for Parkinson's event was held on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa, and it was a huge success! We had a great turnout of people and dogs, and over $58,000.00 was raised to cure PD. This would not have been possible without our amazing sponsors, donors and volunteers.
Top fundraisers were: Tom & Lois Roslak (Taking Down Parkinson's Team): $5,815; Denise Ratner (The Sonia Rose Team): $4,000; Selina Levine (Patches Levine Team): $3,572.. Special thanks to the Top Fundraisers and their dogs, Cooper & Coby Ratner and Patches Levine. Congrats and thanks to all the pooches & peeps, whose unwavering support made this event extra special.
Denise & Sandy Ratner (Sonia Rose Team) and their fundraising dogs participated in Paws 2013. They were top fundraisers at past Paws events.
To view the"Paws for Parkinson's" 2013 FIOS1 Video, click HERE. ♪ ♫ "Let's Do The Time Warp Again" ♪ ♫
Arline Shenker and Shelly O’Leary, (formerly of Ladies Workout Express in Massapequa Park) have scored yet another successful fundraising event. They formed "Team Shelly", and organized their own walkathon on 10/14/12 at John J. Burns Park in Massapequa.
When Shelly was diagnosed with PD in 2010, Arlene became especially motivated to raise money for a cure. With generous support from their friends and families, they raised a total of $6,219 for Parkinson's research. They created a personal campaign page online for their event at APDA's website, which enables people to donate and register online.
Team Shelly's past projects include a very successful Cookbook fundraising project. Along with two of their friends, Judy Greco and Virginia Onorato, they collected recipes from friends and family members. They published a spiral-bound compilation of about 500 recipes, helpful cooking information.
“Helping to Find a Cure for Parkinson’s Disease (with Good Food by Family and Friends)” is being sold for $20 per book, and a few copies are still available. Contact the APDA Info & Referral Center at 516-626-6114.