Michael J. Fox Foundation holds Parkinson’s program at Putnam Hospital Center

Posted: 3/9/2018

Celebrated actor Michael J. Fox is known just as much for his starring roles in “Back to the Future” and “Spin City” as he is as a spokesperson and activist for Parkinson’s research.

Fox, who was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991 at age 30, launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in 2000 to both find a cure and develop therapies for those living with the neurodegenerative disorder.

The foundation’s advancement officers, Nicole Prisco and Mary McQuillen, will give a presentation at Putnam Hospital Center at 3 p.m., Monday, March 19, in the Michael T. Weber Auditorium, 670 Stoneleigh Ave. They will provide an overview of the foundation, as well as an update on Parkinson’s disease research in the pipeline and information on how people can get involved in online clinical trials.

The program is free and open to the public.

Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative brain disease that has no cure. The disease damages dopamine-producing cells affecting the brain’s ability to control movements of the human body.

At Putnam Hospital Center, there is a robust Movement Disorders Support Group that meets once a month for families and patients with neurological disorders, including essential tremors, Huntington’s or Parkinson’s disease. The group is led by speech pathologist Jenny Kalanz and physical therapist Kirsi Vera from the hospital’s Rehabilitation Department.

The Movement Disorders Support Group meets from 3 to 4 p.m. the third Monday of each month in the Michael T. Weber conference room 2 at Putnam Hospital Center, 670 Stoneleigh Ave. For more information on the support group, call 845-279-5711 ext. 2483 (TTY 1-800-421-1220).

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