Parkinson Association of the Rockies



Thank You Barb and Lee Mendel

We bid farewell and extend our gratitude to long-time board members, Barb and Lee Mendel.  While Barb and Lee's presence will be greatly missed on the Board of Directors of the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, their ten years of dedicated service will continue to ripple throughout the organization.  


Whether bringing new people to events, pushing for new programs or encouraging others to start a family fund similar to their Mendel Family Exercise Fund; the Mendels have been true ambassadors of the Association. They have been instrumental in raising community awareness and helping to grow the Parkinson Association into a statewide organization.


Our hats are off to the Mendels in thanks for their outstanding service as board members of the Parkinson Association of the Rockies and the incredible impact they have and will continue to have on the Parkinson's community. We sincerely appreciate Barb and Lee for all they have done to support, strengthen and empower the Parkinson's community throughout Colorado.  Thank you.

In This Issue
Thank You
Congratulations to CU Denver
Parkinson's Disease Awareness
Research In the News
Clinical Research Forum
Research In Colorado
Vitality Walk 2014

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Congratulations to the University of Colorado Denver
Congratulations go out to the University of Colorado Denver for taking 1st place during the Fox Trial Finder Challenge. The team referred a total of 563 Parkinson's patients and loved ones to the Fox Trial Finder.


A round of applause for all that participated in this worthwhile Parkinson's disease research effort. The Michael J. Fox Foundation will be awarding the Parkinson's community with a celebratory Parkinson's research participants' appreciation event to be held in September 2014. More details to come. 

Kickoff to Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month

On Tuesday, April 1st 2014, both the Colorado Senate and House of Representatives paid tribute to Parkinson's disease and honored April as being Parkinson's disease Awareness Month in the State of Colorado. A special thank you to Representative Beth McCann and Senator Irene Aguilar for their dedication and support in presenting the tribute to the House and Senate respectively.


UPCOMING EVENTS (click on date for more information)
Create awareness with us at events hosted by our community throughout April and May. Some events require reservation. 
April 13: Poker for Parkinson's
Platte River Bar & Grill
5995 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton
April 16: Going Mongolian to Make a Difference
bd's Mongolian Grill
1620 Wazee St., Denver
April 21: Night at the Rockies: Pitching in for Parkinson's
Coors Field
2001 Blake St., Denver
April 23: 2nd Annual Spaghetti Western Dinner
Atria Inn at Lakewood
555 S. Pierce St., Lakewood
April 25: Capitol Awareness with Pedaling for Parkinson's 
Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver
April 30: Visionary Caregiving
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village  
May 3: Clinical Research Forum
Mile Hi Church
9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood
May 3: REFIT Dance Fitness: Dancing Together to Make a Difference
Shepherd of the Hills
11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood
May 10: Chat with the (Parkinson's) Pros - Grand Junction
Goodwill Retail Center
630 24 1/2 Rd., Grand Junction   
May 14 & May 21: Mini-Series: High Intensity Exercise as Medicine
Life Care Center of Aurora
14101 E. Evans Ave., Aurora
May 17: Chat with the (Parkinson's) Pros - Glenwood Springs
El Jebel Community Center
0020 Eagle County Drive, El Jebel
May 17-18: 2014 Colfax Marathon
The Parkinson Association is once again a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner. There are race types for every level of runner/walker - join today and participate or volunteer on behalf of the Parkinson Association! 
City Park & throughout Denver
Parkinson's Research in the News
Clinical Research Forum
Saturday, May 3 | 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood
Parkinson's Research in Colorado
The Parkinson Association of the Rockies invites you to explore the inroads being made in Colorado towards new treatments and therapies that may redefine care for Parkinson's disease. By attending the Clinical Research Forum: Parkinson's Research in Colorado, you will have the opportunity to learn more about available clinical trials for various modalities of treatment including medications, alternative therapies and surgical treatments.
RSVP Today! Call (303) 830-1839 or email.   
Sponsorship opportunities available, contact Kari Buchanan at 
(303) 830-1839 or by email for more information.
Research in Colorado


A double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled study to assess the efficacy and safety of oral Istradefylline (KW-6002) in patients with moderate to severe Parkinson's disease who are already on Levodopa/Carbidopa or Levodopa/Benserazide therapy. Patients will be randomized 1:1:1 to receive either Istradefylline 20 mg per day, or Istradefylline 40 mg per day or an equivalent placebo. Patients will be treated for a 12 week period to demonstrate the effectiveness of Istradefylline in improving Parkinson's disease symptoms (referred to as improvement in patient OFF time) and that Istradefylline has an acceptable safety profile in this group. Patients will continue on their existing Levodopa combination therapy throughout the study period.

  • Must have a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease
  • Be 30 years of age or older
  • Have been on levodopa therapy for at least one year with a positive response

Effect of Rasagiline on Cognition 

This is a 24-week, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, add-on, parallel-group study to evaluate the effect of rasagiline on cognitive function in adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in Parkinson's disease (PD-MCI) 


For more information on both studies or to see if you qualify, contact

Breanna Nickels at (303) 357-5445 | 

Sunday, June 1 | Wash Park in Denver & Sandstone Ranch in Longmont

Two Sites, 2,000 Steps and One Unforgettable Experience   Vitality Walk
Every step taken by someone with Parkinson's shows their determination to live well with this disease. Every step taken by friends, families, neighbors and co-workers supports those individuals and families who are affected by Parkinson's. Walking the walk is the way participants of the Vitality Walk share with others the tenacity they or someone they know with Parkinson's shows with every step taken. Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 1 and plan to join us as we enhance lives with every step! Click here (or on the logo) to sign up today!


Sponsorship opportunities available, contact Kari Buchanan at 
(303) 830-1839 or by email for more information.
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