On the 26 February (1969), Mali Jenkins founded ‘The Parkinson’s Disease Society’ (now Parkinson’s UK) in a one-room office in Putney, London.
The Society initially had 3 aims:
This year (2019) represents the 50th anniversary of the organisation.
In today’s post, we will discuss how the organisation has grown and where they are heading to in the future.
Source: Parkinson’s foundation
In 2017, the SoPD missed a trick.
We should have observed the 60th Anniversary of the Parkinson’s Foundation.
It is a fantastic resource for the Parkinson’s community, and it has a particularly interesting history as it started in two different places at basically the same time.
In 2016, the National Parkinson Foundation merged with the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation to form the Parkinson’s Foundation.
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation was started in 1957 by businessman William Black – founder of a New York restaurant business, Chock Full O’Nuts.
William Black. Source: NYTimes
He started the Foundation after discovering that his controller and close friend had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
Mr. Black used his own money to establish the Foundation and funded the initiation of a major research center for Parkinson’s at Columbia University medical school.
At the same time that Mr Black was going about his good work, in Miami (Florida), Mrs. Jeanne C. Levey founded the National Parkinson Foundation after her husband was diagnosed with the condition.
For 22 years, until her death at age 92, Mrs. Levey nurtured the Foundation and watched it grow.
The lady in the middle is Jeanne Levey. Source: Gerald R. Ford Museum
These foundations served as two of the primary support services for people with Parkinson’s in the USA until their merger in 2016.
Anyways, having slipped up in 2017 and missed an opportunity, we will try to be more vigilant of anniversaries going forward.
That said, it is time to apologise for not acknowledging the 50th anniversary of Parkinson’s UK earlier this year.
When did Parkinson’s UK start?