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The Victory Summit® Gets the Twin Cities Parkinson’s Community Moving

Contact: Wendy Emanuel

Exercise and Local Hero Award to Highlight Day of Education and Inspiration

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, September 4, 2013 – People affected by Parkinson’s disease have an exciting opportunity to learn from leading national and local experts about ways to live well with Parkinson’s disease, at the Davis Phinney Foundation Victory Summit® to be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN.

During The Victory Summit, which is free to the public (advance registration is recommended), several national and local movement disorder experts will share their perspectives on the latest research and treatment options. In addition, attendees can participate in interactive sessions on valuable exercise, speech therapy and other activities to incorporate into daily living. The Victory Summit in the Twin Cities is presented by the Davis Phinney Foundation in partnership with the University of Minnesota, Park Nicollet Struthers Parkinson’s Center, Capistrant Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota and HealthPartners Parkinson’s Center. Medtronic and Teva Neuroscience are event sponsors.

“It is critical for people with Parkinson’s to take an active role in their care, and The Victory Summit is a valuable opportunity to learn about the ways in which emerging research and lifestyle changes can immediately impact their quality of life,” said Jerrold Vitek, MD, PhD, Victory Summit speaker, and chair and professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota.

The Victory Summit content will include:

Living Well with Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s Research Update

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy

Interactive movement breaks and exercise sessions

Panel discussions on clinical trials, exercise, and tools for care partners

Moments of Victory® talk by Davis Phinney, cycling legend and Parkinson’s quality of life advocate

“Education is essential to help those affected by Parkinson’s at all disease stages to live well and into the future,” explained Martha Nance, MD, Victory Summit speaker, clinical professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota, and medical director of the Park Nicollet Struthers Parkinson’s Center. “For instance, growing research reveals a powerful link between exercise and symptom improvement for people with Parkinson’s by including various types of movement and exercise into daily living.”

During The Victory Summit, the Davis Phinney Foundation will present a “Local Hero” Award to Edina resident Liz Ogren. The longtime elementary school teacher, wife and mother of two decided soon after her Parkinson’s diagnosis that she was not going to let Parkinson’s influence what she could do and has been an inspiration for many people in the Twin Cities Parkinson’s community ever since. In addition to active participation in support groups and exercise classes, she founded Pedal and Roll for Parkinson’s in 2011, a not-for-profit organization designed to bring the Parkinson’s community together through cycling.

“The Victory Summit is inspired by and centered on what a person touched by Parkinson’s can do rather than what they can’t do” said Polly Dawkins, executive director of the Davis Phinney Foundation. “By bringing much needed information and inspiration to those who refuse to be defined by Parkinson’s, we move people beyond the despair of diagnosis and provide them with tools and resources to take action and to create a better quality of life.”

For more information and to register for The Victory Summit, people can visit http://davisphinneyfoundation.org/victory-summit/upcoming-victory-summits/


The Victory Summit®

The Victory Summit is a traveling symposia series that brings nationally recognized movement disorder researchers, clinicians, and physical therapists into the local community for a day of Parkinson’s information and inspiration. More than 9,500 people have attended a Victory Summit to date, and a schedule of upcoming Victory Summits is available on the Foundation’s web site.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination. 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.  There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms.

Davis Phinney Foundation

The Davis Phinney Foundation was created in 2004 to help people with Parkinson’s disease live well today. Its major initiatives include: the Every Victory Counts® manual, developed by movement disorder experts to provide practical ways to live well with Parkinson’s; The Victory Summit® symposia series, which brings experts into communities to share advances in science, care and to inspire those affected by the disease to take action; the Living Well Challenge™ educational webinar series; the “Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials” DVD and, the funding of research focused on exercise, speech and other quality of life therapies. Visit the website: www.davisphinneyfoundation.org.


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