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The Victory Summit® Invites Western PA and Ohio Residents Affected by Parkinson’s to Participate in Free Educational Event

Contact: Wendy Emanuel

“Local Hero” Award Presentation

Pittsburgh – August 21, 2012 – Western Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio residents affected by Parkinson’s disease will have the opportunity to learn from leading national and local experts about the latest research advances, treatment options and practical ways to live well with Parkinson’s disease at the Davis Phinney Foundation’s The Victory Summit®  symposium. The event will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.

The Victory Summit national symposia series was created by the Davis Phinney Foundation to provide information and inspiration for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners. The Pittsburgh event will be presented by the Davis Phinney Foundation in partnership with the National Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, West Penn Allegheny Health System and UPMC.

During the event, researchers, clinicians and movement disorder experts will discuss a range of topics and lead interactive sessions to educate attendees and help them identify ways to address physical and emotional challenges associated with Parkinson’s.

Agenda highlights include:

  • Panel discussions on deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy, Parkinson’s and children, strategies for building and maintaining relationships, and local clinical trials and research programs
  • Movement breaks throughout the day, including laughter yoga, dance and stretch

It is critical for people with Parkinson’s to take an active role in their care, and the Victory Summit will help the community get moving with ways to improve their symptoms and overall quality of life, and potentially slow progression of the disease,” said Donald Whiting, MD, Victory Summit speaker and vice chairman of Allegheny Hospital’s Department of Neurological Surgery and director of its Neuromodulation Division.

“It is important to increase Parkinson’s education, especially since people often overlook the role they can play in altering the progression of the disease,” explained Sarah Berman, MD, PhD, Victory Summit speaker and assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Department of Neurology Movement Disorders Division. “For instance, growing research reveals a powerful link between exercise and symptom improvement and better outcomes for people with Parkinson’s by including various types of exercise and physical therapy into their daily routine.”

The Davis Phinney Foundation and its event partners also will present the “Local Hero” Award to Pittsburgh residents Tom and Carol Reid for their positive attitude and proactive approach to living well with Parkinson’s disease. Among their past contributions to the local Parkinson’s community, they led the Westmoreland County Parkinson Support Group in Ligonier, PA, and were integral in starting a new support group in the eastern region of Pittsburgh. They also currently help to raise awareness for the National Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, volunteer in medical research and speak to community organizations about their experiences with Parkinson’s.

“The Victory Summit is a unique and valuable way to come together as a community and share proven ways to live well with Parkinson’s disease,” said Polly Dawkins, executive director of the Davis Phinney Foundation. “Our primary goal is for participants to leave inspired to make positive lifestyle changes and recognize new ways to celebrate the moments of victory in their daily lives.”

For more information and to register for The Victory Summit, visit the website.

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 and is dedicated to helping people with Parkinson’s disease to live well today. The foundation’s major initiatives include: the Every Victory Counts™ manual, developed by movement disorder experts to encourage living well with Parkinson’s; The Victory Summit® symposia series, which brings leading experts into communities to share advances in science, care and to inspire those affected by the disease to celebrate the daily victories; and the funding of research focused on exercise, speech and other quality of life therapies. Visit the web site: www.davisphinneyfoundation.org.

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