|Parkinson's Disease is very personal to us at Wilkins Parkinson's Foundation. Our company's Co-Founder, Bill Wilkins, was diagnosed with PD in 2006. Since then, he's been very active on a national basis with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, and locally with the Georgia Chapter of the American Parkinson's Disease Association. In 2010, Bill Wilkins and his son and Co-Founder Daniel Wilkins launched Wilkins Parkinson's Foundation (WPF), an official 501(c)(3) charity.
Parkinson's Disease (PD) is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder characterized by symptoms that typically progress from mild tremors to complete physical incapacitation. PD currently affects 5 MILLION people worldwide, and there will be 60,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States this year alone. While the average age of onset is 60, an estimated 5-10% of people with PD experience "young onset" - at age 40 or younger. There is no known cure for Parkinson's Disease. Currently available treatments temporarily mask symptoms while the disease continues to get worse.
Proceeds from the Polo for Parkinson's event go to Wilkins Parkinson's Foundation to support Parkinson's research and awareness programs. A portion of the proceeds will also go to Emory University’s Movement Disorder Center. You can purchase tickets directly on this website, or make a donation if you'll be unable to attend. Whatever you contribute, know that your generosity takes us one step closer to finding a cure.
Thanks in advance, from all of us in the Parkinson's community!