The foundation raised $100,000 from Concert for a Cure and Sub 5 Century Challenge this year, as well as from Boy Scout Troop 37's ride to Niagara Falls. The foundation was provided with several grant proposals, and the foundation voted to fund $20,000 for Dr. Jerilyn Logemann’s research on the development and validation of a screening process for swallowing disorders in Parkinson’s patients. The foundation also funded $80,000 for Dr. Rajeshar Awatramani’s research on assessing the function of a dopamine neuron subtype that is vulnerable in Parkinson’s disease.
Members of the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board traveled to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where they heard grant proposals and receiving updates on the research that was funded through the foundation last year.
“We as a board are proud to be funding these research projects and we are very confident they will be significant contributors to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease” says founder, Paul Ruby.
Over $500,000 has been raised to support research for Parkinson’s disease. Previous funding has served as seed money for research programs that have received NIH funding, and this year’s grant to Dr. Awatramani shows promise to receive NIH money as well.
The foundation has actively participated in the process of choosing grant recipients since working with Northwestern. Because the foundation has a direct say in the projects funded, they are able to see their funds and efforts at work which can help find a cure for Parkinson’s or improve the quality of life for patients with Parkinson’s disease.