Summit for Parkinson’s
Montanans Giving Back to the Parkinson’s Community
Summit for Parkinson’s is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization designed to facilitate programs for Parkinson’s patients, caregivers, friends and family, that give tools and resources to help them live their lives to the fullest with Parkinson’s disease. We are dedicated to bringing people together to help and inspire each other. Our organization provides educational opportunities through speaking events, workshops, and special events that highlight several important aspects to living a fulfilled life with Parkinson’s disease: health, physical activity and the arts. We are also working to start a statewide advocacy program to connect Parkinson’s patients and caregivers with each other, and help guide them toward resources available to them in their area and on the internet.
Our mission is simple: To give back to the Parkinson’s community and further research.
According to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association: Parkinson’s disease currently affects around a million people in the United States, that’s roughly 1 in 272 people. It is also estimated that 1.10% of the U. S. population, or 1 in 90 people, have the disease and do not yet know it. These numbers show that Parkinson’s disease is becoming a common condition. Chances are you know someone who is or was affected by this condition.
Summit for Parkinson’s Beginnings…
Brandi and Hadley were brought together by their shared diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Brandi, having been the first of the two to be diagnosed, had signed up with TEVA neuroscience to be a patient support person for other newly diagnosed Parkinson’s patients, with an emphasis on “young onset PD” patients. A few months after starting the program Brandi received Hadley’s phone number as a newly diagnosed patient, she was shocked and excited to find that Hadley was virtually the same age. For the first time since being diagnosed Brandi was going to talk to someone of the same generation who was going through similar circumstances as herself and who lived in the same state. Brandi called her immediately. The two ladies hit it off from their very first conversation. It wasn’t long before the two were driving across the state, Montana, to meet each other. The pair began to talk on a daily basis and quickly became good friends. It was through this friendship that “Summit for Parkinson’s” evolved into the non-profit it has become today.