Parkinson Association of the Rockies



Upcoming Events
May 1: Spaghetti Dinner at Heritage Club Aurora
May 4: The Doctor Is In - Grand Junction
May 4: Zumbathon for Parkinson's
May 21: Care Partner Mini Series Session I (Evening)

June 2
: Register Today!
11th Annual Vitality Walk in Denver, CO & Longmont, CO
June 18: Care Partner Mini Series Session II (Evening)

For more information or to register, please call
(303) 830-1839 or email

Clinical Research Forum - a Huge Success!
On April 20th, more than 200 people attended the annual Clinical Research Forum: Parkinson's Research in Colorado. Thank you to the presenters, research programs, exhibitors and collaborative partners for making this event a huge success. While 30% of the survey respondents indicated they had participated in research, a resounding 60% indicated that after having attended the Forum they are likely to participate or continue to participate in a clinical trial.
In This Issue
Changes at the Parkinson Association
Parkinson's in the News
The Doctor Is In
Vitality Walk
Talent Search
Colfax Marathon
Community Events
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Changes at the Parkinson Association
Farewell & Best Wishes
We bid farewell to Lindsay Vassar, our Program Communications Director. Lindsay has decided to pursue her true passion in web marketing, design and social media at a growing real estate firm. While we will miss her greatly, we wish her great success in her new endeavors.

PD Life app is Getting a Face-lift
Just in!  The PD Life iPhone app will now (if you've opted in) send your anonymous data to our servers so we can continue the fight against PD and provide as much help and direction to researchers as possible.  

For more information visit: PD Life's Facebook page
The Doctor Is In - Grand Junction 
During the program, Dr. Alexander will discuss Common Health Issues & Parkinson's. She will highlight   common concerns and how to address them. You will also learn how to advocate for your health.
Do you ever get the feeling that you are working for your home? Not talking about the many years you spend paying for your home; rather how often do you find that your home makes every day life easier for you? Join Nathan Colburn as he discusses practical ways your home can be modified to fit you and your needs.

Speakers: Dr. Mihaela Alexander and Nathan Colburn
Date and Time
: May 4th | 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Country Inns of America, 718 Horizon Dr., Grand Junction, CO 81506

To register, please call (303) 830-1839 or email

11th Annual Vitality Walk

Vitality Walk

19 Teams have already been created! Team Sue's Fine Gold (2012's Most Spirited Team) has already recruited 9 members and Team Landy & Tallcott's Trippers are not far behind with 6 members each! Thanks to all those who've registered and are already working hard to recruit more participants and collect pledges.


Click Here to Register Today for the Vitality Walk!
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Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available. Contact Kari Buchanan for more information: (303) 830-1839 or
Talent Search
Are you a balloon artist, face painter or entertainer for kids? We need your talent at the Vitality Walk Kids Activity Area. Please consider volunteering for the Vitality Walk on Sunday, June 2nd from 8:00 - 9:30am in Wash Park, Denver or Sandstone Ranch, Longmont.

If you are interested or want more information,  
please call (303) 830-1839 or email
Colfax Marathon

There's still time to run the Colfax for Parkinson's
You're participation in the 2013 Colfax Marathon, May 18-19, can support the Parkinson Association of the Rockies and Parkinson's disease research. There is a race type and distance for everyone: marathon, half marathon, 10 miler, 5K and marathon relay. 
For more information and to register:   
We also need volunteers to help promote community awareness of Parkinson's disease. Volunteers will be representing the 3 4 Fighting Parkinson's, Michael J. Fox Foundation - Team Fox & the Parkinson Association of the Rockies. 
Volunteer shifts are two hours and are available:
Saturday, May 18: 9-11am | Sunday, May 19: 5-7am, 7-9am & 9-11am 
To volunteer contact Kari at


Not a runner? Support those participating : 

Community Events and News
First Annual Empowerment Summit
by the Movement & Neuroperformance Center

Join the Movement and Neuroperformance Center for a day of Empowerment - Journey to the summit of Mt. Everest and Mt. Kilimanjaro with stunning photos, riveting videos and personal stories from the MS and PD expedition team.

Date and Time: Saturday, May 11th | Noon - 4:00pm
Location: Mile High Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave., Lakewood, CO 80226
Balance Workshop - Delta
with Susan Matthews, ND - MS Neuroscience, MS Anatomy, Tai Chi/Qigong

Date and Time: Saturday, May 11th | 9:30am -12:30pm
Location: Center for Spiritual Living, 658 Howard Street, Delta, Colorado
Cost: Early Registration Discounts (before May 1) $45/person or  $85/couple (friends)
(Fees increase to $50/person on May 1)
Ask about scholarships

For more information and to register:
Susan Matthews at (970) 903-5723 or
Laurae Fortner-Welch at (970) 856-2184 or
Non-Motor Symptoms
Join us to learn about symptoms beyond motor movement abnormalities. Psychiatric aspects of Parkinson's disease such as anxiety, depression, psychosis and sleep disorders.

Speaker: Dr. Haleh Nekoorad-Long
Date and Time: May 16th | 10:30am
Location: AltaVita Assisted Living, 800 S. Fordham Street, Longmont, CO

To register, please call (303) 300-3700.
Parkinson's Disease - Answering Your Questions
Join us for an open discussion and presentation about what's new in PD. Program sponsored by Teva Neuroscience.

Speaker: Dr. Monique Giroux
Date and Time: Friday, May 17th | 11:45am -1:15pm
Location: The Boulder Cork, 3295 30th Street, Boulder, Colorado
Cost: Free lunch with discussion for individuals with Parkinson's and a guest. 

Seating is limited and taken on first come, first serve basis.
To RSVP call the Parkinson Association at (303) 830-1839
Parkinson's Disease and Essential Tremor
Under the Care of a Movement Disorder Specialist
Come meet fellowship-trained movement disorder specialist Avrom Kurtz, M.D. and learn about his philosophy of care. Lunch will be provided and you'll have an opportunity to get connected to resources in your community.

Speaker: Dr. Avi Kurtz
Date and Time: May 17th | 12:00 - 1:30pm
Location: Greeley Recreation Center, 651 10th Ave, Room 101A, Greeley, Colorado