The Blechman Foundation is an IRS Section 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that provides early stage funding for neuroprotective research for Parkinson’s disease. 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 Parkinson’s disease. We hope you will join us. Let’s get started
The Blechman Foundation provides early stage funding to identify and develop effective neuroprotective drugs, with the goal of bringing them to market as soon as possible. Neuroprotective drugs hold the promise of delaying or stopping the progression of Parkinson’s disease in the brain, which would relieve the suffering of millions of people and could prevent future generations from experiencing the disease altogether.
About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative brain disease that causes a part of the brain that is essential for movement — known as the substantia nigra — to degenerate. The major neurotransmitter in this region of the brain is called dopamine, which facilitates normal movement. As the substantia nigra degenerates, dopamine levels in the brain drop, and as dopamine levels decline, normal movement is progressively impaired. The most prominent motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are shaking or tremors, slowness of movement, stiffness of muscles or rigidity, and problems with balance and gait. Other symptoms that are common in people with Parkinson’s disease include, but are not limited to, loss of the sense of smell, and insomnia. Additionally, Parkinson’s patients may have cognitive and mood changes, including anxiety and depression, resulting not only from neurodegenerative changes in the brain but also from the psychological trauma of having the disease. Read full description.
How Funds Are Allocated
The Blechman Foundation donates its funds to scientists and research labs in the United States whose research is in line with our mission and considered most deserving by our Advisory Committee.
The Blechman hosts events to raise funds, the details of which are available on this site and via our mailing list. The Foundation hopes for and welcomes donations, but our events also serve another purpose: as an opportunity to educate others about the disease, the research we intend to fund, and the expert practitioners behind the science. You can keep track of our latest developments and upcoming events by subscribing to our mailing list. Learn more about the work we are funding.