about Michigan parkinson foundation 

Our Mission:
To educate and provide support to people with Parkinson's and related disorders, their loved ones and care partners, and the physicians and other allied health professionals who diagnose and treat those affected by the illness.

To support research into the mechanisms underlying the disease and therapeutic strategies aimed at reducing the burden of illness.

To engage and enlist the support of institutions and individuals whose activities impact the needs of people with Parkinson's and related disorders.

Our Goal:
No person with Parkinson's should be without responsive, quality care and support.

Michigan Parkinson Foundation has three "I Gave My Sole for Parkinson's" events planned for 2019:
  • Metro Detroit (Birmingham):
    Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Seaholm High School

  • Southwest Michigan (Battle Creek):
    Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Binder Park Zoo

  • Lansing:
    Saturday, October 5, 2019 on MSU Campus, The Auditorium Building


“I Gave My Sole for Parkinson’s” is Michigan Parkinson Foundation’s signature fundraising event. It is a Team / Pledge WALKING event that raises critical funds needed to bring support and help to those affected by Parkinson’s disease and their family members throughout ALL of Michigan. Whether you have Parkinson’s or have a loved one with Parkinson’s, “I Gave My Sole for Parkinson’s” is a fun day for the entire family (and is dog friendly). Participants have the choice of a 1 Mile OR 3 Mile route through the beautiful neighborhood north of Seaholm High School (click on the link below for the Route Map).

The money you raise stays right here in Michigan and supports the Michigan Parkinson Foundation in its mission to provide programs and services that directly impact the quality of life for those who live with Parkinson’s disease. We do this by providing financial assistance for in-home respite care, free patient educational programs offered throughout the state, financial assistance for costly medications, 74 Parkinson’s support groups, legal guidance and information and referrals for community services. Additionally we fund research that will hopefully lead to better treatment options for people with Parkinson’s.

Meet Sue Pretty - the 2019 Walk Honoree

Sue was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2016 and is a true inspiration to all!  She has dedicated her time to finding out all she can about Parkinson's and doing all she can to not feel like a victim. A friend gave her a bracelet engraved with "Embrace the Journey" which was referring to her retirement from teaching middle school for 31 years.  Today, she still wears that bracelet, but it has a new meaning.  She knows that she is her own best advocate, and participates in LSVT BIG, physical therapy, support groups, educational conferences, Rock Steady Boxing, attend the gym almost daily and is a Zumba Gold dancer. "Keeping moving and keeping active are prime considerations for my life. Moving gives me hope and a wonderful feeling. Even small steps are steps in the right direction." Make sure you say "HI" to Sue on June 8th and share your Parkinson's story with her!

Raise Funds  - Click here to see the 2019 Fundraising Incentives
There are lots of fundraising incentives for those that raise $250 and more. Even if you can’t join us the day of the event, you can still support the event.

Team Captains that raise $5,000 or more qualify for a VIP TENT (you’ll have your own tent that will be stocked with fresh coffee, fresh fruit, fresh juice, water, donuts and bagels – a perfect place for your team to gather before and after the Walk).

Participants that raise $500 or more qualify for a HERO Sign (24” x 18” sign that has a picture of YOUR Hero and will be placed on the walk route of ALL FUTURE WALKS). There are now over 100 HERO Signs lining the path for the walkers!

Adult Tricycle Contest

Is there someone in YOUR life living with Parkinson’s that needs more exercise, and this bike would be the means and motivation they need to get up and get moving?

Michigan Parkinson Foundation is looking for a home for a 26” Kent Alameda Adult Tricycle. This beautiful, slightly used, adult tricycle was donated to Michigan Parkinson Foundation by the family of Terry Paul. Terry had Parkinson’s disease, and according to his wife, Dawn, “Terry enjoyed his bike. It gave him a sense of freedom even when his legs wouldn’t allow him to walk.” Sadly, Terry passed away in 2016. But his memory lives on in Team Terry: Too Inspired Too Tire at the Metro Detroit Walk and his Hero Sign, which can be found on the walk route at every “I Gave My Sole for Parkinson’s” Walk Event.

Please click on the link below and complete the application including your nominee’s name, and a brief paragraph about them, their Parkinson Journey, and why you think they would benefit from the bike. A committee will review all entries, and the winner will be notified. The bike will be presented to the winner at the 2019 Metro Detroit Walk on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Seaholm High School in Birmingham, MI.
ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED AT Michigan Parkinson Foundation by FRIDAY, MAY 17.

Terry Paul's Adult Tricycle Contest

Please click on the links below for additional information:


2018 Walk Profile

2019 Metro Detroit Route Map

Michigan Parkinson Foundation Program & Services

The Impact of Parkinson's disease: Who and Why . . .

Metro Detroit 2019 Sponsorship Packages

2019 Volunteer Opportunities