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San Diego Victory Summit Inspires Living Well with Parkinson’s

National and Local Experts to Educate and Inspire the SoCal Parkinson’s Community

SAN DIEGO, February 5, 2011 — Local residents affected by Parkinson’s disease will learn about the latest advances in medical research, exercise, and other ways to live well with Parkinson’s at the Davis Phinney Foundation’s Victory Summit™ to be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, CA. The event is free to the public.

The Victory Summit is presented by the Davis Phinney Foundation (www.davisphinneyfoundation.org) in collaboration with the Parkinson’s Disease Association of San Diego and the Orange County Chapter of the National Parkinson’s Foundation. Several national and local experts will be speaking at the event, including leadership from Scripps Clinic, Hoag Hospital, UCSD and Mark Morris Dance in Pasadena, CA.

Victory Summit content will include:

  • Living Well with Parkinson’s: Research to Practice
  • Exercising for the Rest of Your Life
  • Panel discussions on deep brain stimulation therapy, clinical trials, exercise, and tools for caregivers
  • “Moments of Victory” talk with Davis Phinney, cycling legend and Parkinson’s advocate

Participants also will receive complimentary enrollment in the Davis Phinney Foundation’s Every Victory Counts™ self-care management program (www.everyvictorycounts.org), which connects people with Parkinson’s disease to a wealth of valuable educational materials, including an interactive manual that empowers people to live well with Parkinson’s disease today.

“The Victory Summit will be a valuable opportunity for the Parkinson’s community to learn about the ways in which emerging research and lifestyle changes can immediately impact the quality of life and may even slow disease progression for people with Parkinson’s,” said Melissa Houser, M.D., Victory Summit speaker and Director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Scripps Clinic.

The Victory Summit also features a “Local Hero” Award presentation honoring Oceanside resident June Brunson, an educator and source of inspiration to the local Parkinson’s community for several years who turned initial denial into determination following her husband’s Parkinson’s diagnosis 11 years ago.

“The Victory Summit provides a wealth of tips and tools to help those affected by Parkinson’s at all disease stages to live well today and into the future,” said Amy Howard, Executive Director of the Davis Phinney Foundation.

Parkinson’s Disease
An estimated 1.5 million Americans are living with Parkinson’s disease today. The disease affects men and women alike, and its frequency is considerably higher in the over-60 age group, although there is an alarming increase of patients of younger age.

Davis Phinney Foundation
The Davis Phinney Foundation was created in 2004 by cycling legend Davis Phinney and is dedicated to helping people with Parkinson’s disease live well today. The foundation’s major initiatives include: The Every Victory Counts™ Program, developed by movement disorder experts to encourage living well with Parkinson’s; Victory Summit series of symposia, which bring leading experts into local communities to share the latest advances in science, care and inspire those affected by the disease to celebrate the daily victories in their lives; and the funding of research focused on exercise, speech and other quality of life therapies. Learn more by visiting the web site: http://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org.

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