SUMMIT, NJ - Michael Bransfield, a local volunteer Research Advocate with the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), will share information at Overlook Medical Center's Fourth Annual "Day of Hope: Living Well with Parkinson’s" conference September 19.
 
The conference will provide people with Parkinson’s and their care partners updates on the latest research and helpful resources. At the day-long conference, Bransfield will share free educational materials on Parkinson’s at a PDF informational table and answer questions about how people with Parkinson’s and their care partners can get involved in Parkinson’s research locally. 

Bransfield, a resident of Metuchen, NJ, has been living with Parkinson's Disease since 2008. As a volunteer PDF Research Advocate, he has participated in several clinical trials and works on the frontlines to help bring about better treatments at a faster pace.
 
 
The PDF supports the scientific research and ideas that will improve the lives and futures of people who are touched by Parkinson’s disease. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has invested more than $157 million in research, education, and advocacy programs.

As many as one million Americans live with Parkinson's disease, a chronic and progressive movement disorder for which there is no cure. Although research is promising, the pace for new treatments remains lengthy — taking as long as 15 years for a drug to make its way from the lab to the pharmacy. “As a PDF Research Advocate, I am acting as a voice for all the unheard people living with PD by collaborating with scientists and health professionals to hasten the development of better treatments and one day, a cure for Parkinson's,” says Mr. Bransfield.
 
To register for "Day of Hope: Living Well with Parkinson’s" -- which will take place in the Bouras Auditorium from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- contact Overlook Medical Center at 908-522-5901.
 
Overlook Medical Center is located at 99 Beauvoir Avenue.