The Parkinson’s Institute & Clinical Center located in Sunnyvale, California, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo last week and the project quickly jumped to over $140,000 on a quarter million dollar goal. The flexible funding project has received a nice Holiday Season boost as the Brin Wojcicki Foundation (As in Sergey Brin of Google) has committed to match every single contribution dollar for dollar. They have also previously contributed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation on Parkinson’s Research.
About one million people struggle with Parkinson’s in the US every single. Each year about 60,000 people are diagnosed with the degenerative disease – both old and young. We all know someone, either family member or friend, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease.
Beyond solving the enigma of this terribly debilitative disease, the Parkinson’s Institute wants to see less talk and more action. They believe there is a better way to cure this affliction and they want to approach Parkinson’s disease research in a different way modeled after other successes in with other diseases.
Over 25 years ago Dr. J. William Langston, along with a group of Parkinson’s experts, set out to chart a different path and confront the disease differently. This group decided that patients would become partners in their care and part of the discovery process in treating others with the same malady. The objective was to combine compassionate care and “cutting-edge” research. Their not for profit entity is the only one of its kind in this country.
“We are uniquely positioned to align the Institute, people living with Parkinson’s and their loved ones, and key stakeholders, including academia, industry, and regulatory agencies, to innovate and accelerate the pace at which we expand our understanding of Parkinson’s and bring promising and safe new therapies to people touched by this disease.”
Part of the challenge is always money. Philanthropy drives the funding for research and with the Wojcicki Foundation match this funding project should do quite well.
It is kind of cool to see a large organization leverage a crowdfunding platform for a good cause. This is not the first time the Parkinson’s Institute went down this path. Last year about the same the well known Draper Family lent their good name and good fortune to the same cause. That campaign raised over half a million dollars. Let’s hope that number is topped this December.
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