Message from Dr. Pahwa, Director, Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center - A Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence

This year marks the 18th annual Helen Gold 5K/10K Walk/Run! This event has been the largest fundraising event for the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center, for the past 17 years, raising over $800,000 for our Parkinson’s disease research. Throughout this time, we have seen significant advances in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, allowing persons with Parkinson’s disease as well as their caregivers, to have a better quality of life. These funds have been invaluable to our Center and have contributed to multiple research projects including the long-term continuation of one of the largest single-center, Parkinson's Disease (PD) databases in the country for which valuable data are collected about the various symptoms of PD, disease progression and effects of various treatments, as well as, one of the largest and most complete long-term databases for deep brain stimulation for PD, which has resulted in multiple publications in the international literature to better define the most appropriate patients for the surgery, outcomes after surgery and effects on quality of life. We have also developed a new gait lab and started several studies focused on improving walking and balance in persons with PD and related disorders, with the ultimate goal of preventing or reducing falls. For the last 17 years, the proceeds from the Helen Gold events have contributed to many research projects, allowing us to improve the lives of both persons with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones, and to remain an international leader in the field of Parkinson’s disease clinical care and research.

We are so very grateful to Ron Gold, Allen Cinnamon, Dee Sand, and the many others that continue to volunteer their time and resources year after year, work endless hours throughout the year and provide the support necessary to make this event one of the most successful runs in the Kansas City area!

Most Sincerely,

Rajesh Pahwa, MD
Laverne and Joyce Rider Professor of Neurology
Director, Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center
University of Kansas Medical Center