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

This year marks the 20th 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 19 years, raising over $910,000 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. These funds have helped to allow us to create a new database containing the information collected from our gait lab. We are therefore better able to assess balance and many other factors leading to or contributing to falls such that we can better monitor them throughout the disease course and intervene before the occurrence of falls. For the last 19 years, the proceeds from the Helen Gold events have contributed to multiple 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, working endless hours throughout the year and provide the support necessary to make this event one of the most organized and 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
A Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence
University of Kansas Medical Center