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White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham joined members of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Parkinson's disease support group during their exercise class on Tuesday. Beckham was at Northwestern Memorial to announce the second year of his Out of the Park for Parkinson's campaign. For every homerun Beckham hits this season, a donation will be made to the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) to fund research, education and outreach programs to improve the lives of people with Parkinson's. Northwestern Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center is the only NPF Center of Excellence in Illinois. The Center provides innovative, multidisciplinary care, while also conducting research to extend knowledge and treatment of movement disorders. There's also an emphasis on providing education and support for patients, families, caregivers, healthcare providers and the community.
Chicago White Sox Gordon Beckham launched Out of the Park for Parkinson's in 2010 to raise awareness and support to help end Parkinson's disease. For every home run Gordon hits during the 2010 season, a donation will be made to the National Parkinson Foundation.
All proceeds benefit the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), a national non-profit organization that funds research, education and outreach programs to improve the lives of people with Parkinson's NPF has a strong presence in Chicago, supporting the work of Northwestern University's Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center, as well as our local chapter, the Parkinson Association of Illinois.
The 2010 Parkinson's Disease Patient and Caregiver Symposium: New Horizons in Parkinson's Disease Research and Care was held on September 11, 2010.
The 2009 Parkinson's Disease Patient and Caregiver Symposium was held November 17, 2009.
September 2009 Symposium at Northwestern in Evanston
2007 Parkinson’s Disease Patient and Caregiver Symposium was held November 17, 2007. The Conference "Parkinson's Disease From Lab to Life" featured a patient-created art exhibit, "The Art of Parkinson's."