When Bill Wilkins was diagnosed with Parkinsonís disease in 2006, he immediately took matters into his own hands. He sought the opportunity to get involved locally and joined the Atlanta chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association ó but he didnít stop there. He took his involvement national. †Bill joined the Patient Council at The Michael J. Fox Foundation where he and his fellow council members lend their voices to the Foundationís work toward speeding improved therapies for people with Parkinsonís.
Still, Bill wanted to do more. In 2010, he formed the Wilkins Parkinsonís Foundation, which, together with fundraising partner Team Cantore, has gone on to raise $1.3 million for Parkinsonís disease advocacy and research.
Billís unparalleled enthusiasm and passion for supporting the Parkinsonís community and research will be recognized at this yearís Parkinsonís Unity Walk in New York City on Saturday, April 25. Bill will be awarded the Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award for his contributions. The award recognizes individuals, like the late Alan Bonander, who selflessly devote time and energy to patient advocacy.
Join Bill, the Wilkins Parkinsonís Foundation and The Michael J. Fox Foundation on April 25 in Central Park. Visit www.unitywalk.org to learn more.†