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What is Parkinson's disease?

Parkinson's disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative brain disease. Parkinson's disease causes a part of the brain that is essential for movement, known as the substantia nigra, to degenerate.

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Recapping The 2015 Stolen Base Challenge with Dee Gordon

During the month of April 2015, the Miami Marlins’ star infielder, Dee Gordon, teamed with the Blechman Foundation to raise awareness of PD and funding for PD research.  Gordon encouraged fans to pledge funds for every base that he stole that month.  The Challenge’s slogan was “Help Us Dee-Feat Parkinson’s Disease.”  We like to say… Read More

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2014 Neuroprotective Research Highlights

The Blechman Foundation’s mission is to fund research to identify neuroprotective agents that provide disease-modifying effects in PD patients.  This is the most promising way to slow or stop PD progression and prevent the development of intolerable disability.  This report highlights developments in neuroprotective research in 2014. There are many challenges to delivering a neuroprotective… Read More

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Baseball and Parkinson’s disease

We are excited to announce that former major league baseball player Ben Petrick is supporting the Foundation’s efforts to fund neuroprotective research through promotions with MLB teams. Ben is among a few baseball players who have courageously and publicly acknowledged and discussed their PD. Ben’s life story is fantastic! The Colorado Rockies drafted Ben in… Read More

Who We Are

The inspiration behind our cause is our mother, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2008. On behalf of our mom and others like her, we are committed to hastening progress in the fight against the disease. Let's get started. More

Mission Statement

The Blechman Foundation funds Parkinson's disease research primarily in the area of neuroprotection. More

Funding News

The Foundation is proud to announce a grant for neuroprotective research to the Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Pittsburgh. More


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