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Press Release - National Parkinson Foundation Ohio Chapter






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Daniel Davis, 614-890-1901

Local Parkinson's Organization Joins Forces
with National Foundation

(COLUMBUS, OH | JAN. 4, 2012) The Central Ohio Parkinson Society (COPS) has announced a new partnership with the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) that will change the name of the organization while adding a greater national presence for this successful 32-year-old non-profit. As of January 1, COPS is called the National Parkinson Foundation Central and Southeast Ohio.

"Our name has changed, but our mission hasn't," says Daniel E. Davis, President and CEO of the local chapter. "We are just as dedicated to providing support to individuals and families affected by Parkinson’s disease through support groups, education, awareness, and research funding."

"We continue to make a difference in the lives of the Parkinson's patients, families and caregivers who find their way to us," says 2011 board chairman Ernie Kreutzer, M.D., who was diagnosed with Parkinson's almost 16 years ago. "We are so proud of how much we have accomplished and feel the best way to take our services to the next level is to partner with an organization that has resources beyond what we, alone, can garner" Kreutzer, along with Davis and the Board of Directors, was instrumental in negotiating the agreement with the national foundation.

The local NPF chapter offers nearly 50 support groups, courses, and Parkinson's- specific exercise programs. With its new national affiliation, it will add educational webinars and an extensive library of written materials to its offerings, as well as receive national support for the fund raisers that are a primary source of revenue. The most noticeable addition will be central Ohio debut of the national "Moving Day" event, scheduled here in the fall.

After Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, affecting one million people in the United States and four million worldwide. The prevalence of the disease is expected to increase substantially in the next 20 years due to the aging population, adding to the nation's current economic burden that is estimated to be $6 billion annually. With the ultimate goal of curing and preventing the disease, NPF has funded more than $164 million in care, research, and support services since 1982.

With the addition of the Central and Southeast Ohio organization, NPF now has 39 chapters in the U.S. and more than 900 support groups.

The offices of National Parkinson Foundation Central and Southeast Ohio will remain at 2800 Corporate Exchange Drive in Columbus, with its 26 support groups held throughout Franklin and 16 other counties. For a complete list of programs offered by the local NPF chapter, visit For more information on the national organization, visit

Pictured: Ernie Kreutzer, Board Chair, National Parkinson Foundation Central & Southeast Ohio and Robin Boettcher, Vice President, Chapter and Community Partnership, National Parkinson Foundation.

NPF Central & Southeast Ohio Agreement Signing