Honoring Rick & Shelley Friedland

This October, Moving Day Palm Beach 2021 honors Rick and Shelley Friedland

The Parkinson’s Foundation will host Moving Day Palm Beach, a socially distanced gathering, on Oct. 24, 2021, at Okeeheelee Park. The community event is one of 40 taking place across the country this spring. Funds raised through Moving Day will support cutting-edge research, care, and education programs to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their families in Palm Beach and throughout the country.

One million Americans are living with Parkinson’s, with 60,000 people newly diagnosed each year, with 64,000 living in Florida. Moving Day Palm Beach is a fun and inspiring fundraising event that unites the community and honors loved ones with PD. Moving Day events across the country have raised more than $30.8 million dollars to improve care and advance research toward a cure.

This year, the Florida Chapter of the Parkinson’s Foundation is honoring Shelley and Rick Friedland at Moving Day Palm Beach. Since Rick’s PD diagnosis in 2008, the Friedland’s have been long-time volunteers, advocates, and supporters of the Foundation. 2021 marks the Friedland’s 50th wedding anniversary, and their friends and family are using the occasion to support Moving Day Palm Beach in their honor.

“By keeping the community connected during this global health crisis, we are able to continue to unite and inspire Palm Beach residents,” said Shelley Friedland. “Living each day with Parkinson’s can be challenging, and it gives us hope to know that we can safely honor people with Parkinson’s, raise funds and celebrate movement together.”

Moving Day Palm Beach is a celebration of movement and exercise—proven to help manage Parkinson’s symptoms. Community members will be able to experience some of the staple events, like the Movement Pavilion, We Move Ceremony, and of course, the Moving Day Walk – all while following safety and health protocols.

“While Moving Day Palm Beach will look different this year, our commitment to making life better for people living with Parkinson’s has not changed,” said Desiree Saunders, Development Manager for the Parkinson’s Foundation Florida Chapter. “Moving Day gives our community the chance to speak up about Parkinson’s disease, raise awareness and move others to take action in a safe environment.”

Funds raised through Moving Day support the Parkinson’s Foundation national mission by: delivering quality care to people living with PD; funding cutting-edge research to advance toward a cure; providing free resources and local services for people living with Parkinson’s and their families.

To learn more about Moving Day Palm Beach and how you, your family and friends, and/or your company can get involved, please visit www.MovingDay.org. Moving Day is made possible, in part, through the generous support of national and local partners including Amneal, Lundbeck, Abbott, Right at Home, Sunovion, Boston Scientific, Kyowa Kirin, West Gables Rehabilitation, Adamas, Clinical Care Medical Center, and Acorda.

About the Parkinson’s Foundation
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. For more information, visit www.parkinson.org or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).

About Parkinson’s Disease
Affecting an estimated one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

Moving Day has raised over $30.8 million and brought more than 150,000 participants together.