Whether you have PD or you have a family member or friend with Parkinson’s disease, it will benefit you to get involved in the Parkinson’s community. There are many ways to get involved in our area, including support group meetings, clinical trial participation, becoming an advocate, volunteering with PAC, or joining one of our action committees. Read more on the ways you can get involved below.
Support Groups can be a source of education, friendship and strength. Consider joining a support group or becoming a support group leader. Most support group leaders are community members who have been touched by Parkinson’s disease. Click here for more on Support Groups.
Clinical Trials are imperative to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Many with the Disease agree they would be willing to participate in research studies, but unfortunately, the majority of studies fail to recruit enough participants. Most people don’t realize the medication they are taking today is on the market because people volunteered to participate in the research process. Participating in clinical research studies will help discover more effective treatments and eventually a cure. Check out www.clincaltrials.gov, the National Institutes of Health, or the Fox Trial Finder to find a clinical trial near you.
Become an Advocate. People with Parkinson’s or their care partners who are interested in research should consider becoming a Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) Parkinson’s Advocate in Research (PAIR). PAIR is a signature program of PDF. Through in-person trainings and an online course, PAIR provides people touched by Parkinson’s with the knowledge and skills needed to “pair-up” with scientists and health professionals to bring about better treatments at a faster pace. Learn more on the PAIR Research Advocates program here.
The Parkinson Action Network (PAN) provides several ways to get involved as an advocate for people with Parkinson’s and their families. By becoming an e-Advocate, you’ll receive email Action Alerts from PAN when important issues arise in Congress and in the administration. These alerts only take a few minutes to complete and your voice will join thousands of others across the country advocating for better treatments and for a cure for Parkinson’s. If you have more time to devote (1-10 hours per month) contact PAN about taking on a more involved role in your community. Visit PAN’s website to learn more.
Join one of our committees. PAC currently has three committees that are open to the public including Support Services, Awareness and Development. If you are willing to make an even larger impact on the work of our organization, you may want to consider becoming a member of our Board of Directors. Call us toll-free at 1-866-903-PARK (7275).
Organize a Fundraiser. Fundraising is one way you or your company can become an important part of PAC. In addition to participating in an event sponsored by PAC, you can also use your own creativity or the creativity of your colleagues and organize your own fundraiser or corporate event. We welcome your initiative and commitment to our cause! If you are interested in hosting a fundraiser and would like assistance from PAC, please contact PAC at 704-248-3714 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make a Donation. The Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC) relies upon the financial support of its individual donors, corporate sponsors, gift matching (List of Matching Gifts Program) and foundations in order to meet our mission. Financial contributions and other gifts help PAC to support people with Parkinson’s disease throughout North and South Carolina so that they can remain independent and stay active in the community, until a cure is found.
There are several ways in which you can assist PAC in meeting our mission. Please visit the Ways to Give page to make a donation.