Free ‘Summit’ to aid those living with Parkinson’s disease

Residents affected by Parkinson’s disease (an estimated 1.5 million Americans) will learn about the latest advances in medical research, exercise, and other ways to live well at the Davis Phinney Foundation’s “Victory Summit” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5 at the La Costa Resort in Carlsbad.

Russell Meyerowitz

The event is free to the public. In addition, physical therapists, occupational therapists, personal trainers and students can attend a Parkinson’s-focused Continuing Education Unit (CEU) course Feb. 3-4 at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa.

Registration: Summit: or (877) 274-7673

CEU session: or (910) 400-5093

The Victory Summit is presented by the foundation in collaboration with the Parkinson’s Disease Association of San Diego and the Orange County Chapter of the National Parkinson’s Foundation. Several national and local experts will be speaking at the event, including leadership from Scripps Clinic, Hoag Hospital, UCSD and Mark Morris Dance in Pasadena.

Content will include:

  • Living Well with Parkinson’s: Research to Practice
  • Exercising for the Rest of Your Life
  • Panel discussions on deep brain stimulation therapy, clinical trials, exercise, and tools for caregivers
  • “Moments of Victory” talk with Davis Phinney, cycling legend and Parkinson’s advocate

Participants also will receive complimentary enrollment in the Davis Phinney Foundation’s Every Victory Counts™ self-care management program (, which connects people with Parkinson’s to a wealth of educational materials, including an interactive manual.

The Victory Summit will also feature a “Local Hero” award presentation to Oceanside resident June Brunson, an educator and source of inspiration to the local Parkinson’s community. She turned initial denial into determination following her husband’s diagnosis 11 years ago.

On a related note, Ronald C. Hendrix, Ph.D, executive director of the Parkinson’s Disease Association of San Diego announced that entrepreneur Russell Meyerowitz, who established a foundation to raise funds for Parkinson’s, has joined the PDASD board of directors.The Meyrow Foundation, created by Meyerowitz, raises funds from the proceeds of tennis and soccer leagues and a golf tournament.

“Russell has a close family member challenged by Parkinson’s. He started the foundation to raise money that will come to us to help fund our programs,” said Hendrix. The association created special account through which the funds will be administered, called the Parkinson’s Wellness Fund.  “We are excited to have him on the board as he brings an energy and youthfulness to the cause.”

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Posted by Susan DeMaggio on Jan 27, 2011. Filed under La Jolla Life, Life. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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