Moving Day San Francisco Raises Funds and Awareness for Parkinson’s Disease

SAN FRANCISCO, CA,–The Parkinson’s Foundation will host Moving Day San Francisco on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Crissy Field. More than 400 people are expected to take part in movement demonstrations and a 5K walk to beat Parkinson’s. The family-friendly, in-person event is one of 45 Moving Days taking place across the country in 2023. Funds raised through Moving Day support cutting-edge research, improved quality of care and education programs to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease and their families.

Moving Day is more than just a walk. It is a celebration of movement, which is critical in battling the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD). The event in San Francisco will be fun and inspiring, including demonstrations of boxing and other movement disciplines to warm up the crowd for the walk. It is estimated that one million people in the U.S. are living with Parkinson’s, with approximately 90,000 people newly diagnosed each year. Moving Day events across the country have raised nearly $40 million supporting the Parkinson’s Foundation’s mission to make life better for people with Parkinson’s disease.

This year the California Chapter of the Parkinson’s Foundation will be honoring 23andMe and their CEO, Anne Wojcicki at Moving Day San Francisco. 23andMe has been a top team since 2016 and has raised over $217,000 for Moving Day San Francisco.

When asked why she is supporting the Parkinson’s Foundation and Moving Day, Wojcicki says, “Parkinson’s is the first condition we studied at 23andMe – we have been searching for insights into this disease and researching risk factors for over a decade.  We’ve participated in Moving Day for several years now, and we’re proud to continue to support this important event. It’s truly inspiring to be a part of this purposeful community that shares our goals and impacts lives at scale.” 

Fundraising at the walk is important but so is the social aspect. “Moving Day is vital not only because it is our largest fundraising event of the year, but because it brings the Parkinson’s community together,” said Gena Lennon, Development Director for PF’s California Chapter. “Anne and her team at 23andMe are some of the most dedicated, talented, and passionate people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. They truly care about the Parkinson’s community and improving the lives of others.” she continued.

To learn more about Moving Day San Francisco and how you, your family and friends, and your company can get involved, please visit Moving Day is made possible, in part, through the generous support of national and local partners including Amneal, Abbott, Kyowa Kirin, The Trousdale, Medtronic, Acadia, Acorda, Boston Scientific, and Kaiser Permanente.

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. Since 1957, the Parkinson’s Foundation has invested more than $400 million in Parkinson’s research and clinical care. Connect with us on, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, 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 90,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone

Moving Day has raised nearly $45 million and brought more than 186,000 participants together.