Summerville couple joins Parkinson’s advisory council

  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summerville residents Jay Phillips and Marilyn Phillips, P.T., have been selected by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) to serve on its People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council.

After a competitive selection process, they now join 14 others from around the country in helping to advance PDF’s goals of supporting families and ultimately ending Parkinson’s disease.

Mr. Phillips was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010. Since then, he and his wife Marilyn, a retired physical therapist, became active in the cause. They co-facilitate local support groups and volunteer as PDF Research Advocates.

In their new role, they will represent the one million people in the US living with Parkinson’s to ensure PDF’s work meets the needs of the community.

“PDF is unique in its ability to listen and value the perspectives of those living with Parkinson’s and their care partners. We hope that with PDF’s Advisory Council, we will represent the collective concerns of the community and help counsel PDF as it navigates its way toward finding a cure,” says Mrs. Phillips.

The Advisory Council helps guide PDF in its program development and priority setting. The Phillips and their colleagues will identify and solve unmet needs; provide input on programs; and serve as liaisons to the community.

PDF President Robin Elliott added, “PDF created this council in 2006, the first of its kind in the Parkinson’s community, to ensure that the perspectives of the people living with the disease are fully integrated into our work. We welcome the Phillips, whose insights are already proving invaluable to our programs. As the people who have the most at stake, they are the ones who can keep us on track toward solving, treating and ending the disease.”

For more information about the Phillips’ work with PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council, contact the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation at (800) 457-6676, info@pdf.org, or visit www.pdf.org/ppac.

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