World Parkinson Coalition Announces Collaboration with NBA Basketball Star Brian Grant on the Parkinson Power Through Project Event at NBA All-Star Game on February 13

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The World Parkinson Coalition (WPC) has teamed up with the Brian
Grant Foundation (BGF) led by retired NBA basketball star Brian Grant,
who was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease at age 36, to
announce a new campaign to motivate and encourage physical activity and
wellness among people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Called the Parkinson Power Through Project (PTP), Brian Grant urges all
people with PD to incorporate exercise into their daily routine to help
them live life to the fullest. Moreover, scores of peer-reviewed
research support Grant’s call to action — exercise can help people with
PD better manage their disease (1).

“We are delighted that Brian Grant has joined WPC to advocate on behalf
of the Parkinson’s community,” states Elizabeth “Eli” Pollard, executive
director, World Parkinson Coalition. “Together, we further our shared
message with the singular goal to reach as many people with PD and their
care partners as possible on how exercise and healthy habits can counter
the symptoms of this disease.”

Heads of WPC and Brian Grant Foundation have been planning the series of
exercise events. The initial PTP journey will lead participants to
Portland, Oregon where the final PTP exercise event will take place just
before the 4th
World Parkinson Congress
in September 2016.

Participants can also visit
to track their fitness, learn about exercise and discover why it’s
valuable for people with Parkinson’s. “PTP is a terrific resource in the
arsenal of information aimed to help the PD community learn all they can
to live as healthfully and meaningfully as possible,” adds Pollard.

On Saturday February 13, a PTP event will be held at the NBA All-Star
Game in Toronto. Brian Grant will host a “MOB” workout from 5 to 6 p.m.
ET at NBA Centre Court at the Enercare Center, 100 Princes Blvd.,
Toronto, Canada.

A MOB workout means all are encouraged to participate, furthering WPC’s
mission to unite the community – people with Parkinson’s, care partners,
family members, physicians, researchers — and raise awareness about the

“The PTP gives the PD community a culture that is similar to what I
experienced during my career in the NBA,” says Brian Grant. “My
teammates and I were able to overcome great odds by dedicating our
commitment to a culture of support, exercise, attitude, and education. I
believe these same characteristics can build a culture for the PD
community to achieve a fulfilling life with the disease. For me, PTP is
the culture that our community needs to fight together, in order to
succeed alone.”

PTP is made possible through the support of several sponsors, including
Nike, the National Basketball Association, Hearts and Hustle Productions
and the pharmaceutical companies Lundbeck and Upsher-Smith.

“We are humbled to support and participate in the Power Through
Project,” said Peter Anastasiou, president of Lundbeck U.S., the first
company to sponsor PTP. “Parkinson’s disease is one of our core areas of
research and development focus at Lundbeck. As we work toward our goal
to improve the lives of those living with this disease, we are inspired
by actively engaging with the community, and excited to join the journey
to Portland.”

About the World Parkinson Coalition® and WPC 2016

The World Parkinson Coalition Inc. is a nonprofit organization that
provides an international forum for learning about the latest scientific
discoveries, medical practices, caregiver initiatives and advocacy work
related to Parkinson’s disease. The World Parkinson Coalition® launched
the first Congress in 2006 to provide a space for the global Parkinson’s
community of researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, people
with Parkinson’s and their care partners to meet in person, network and
to share advances in Parkinson’s research, improve understanding and
promote advocacy worldwide, and to potentially shape future research,
treatment and care. From its modest beginning to nearly 10,000 delegates
who have participated in the previous triennial Congresses, the WPC 2016
is expected to attract nearly 3,800 delegates. To learn more about the
4th World Parkinson Congress, please visit:

About Parkinson Power Through Project

The objective of the ‘Power Through Project: Montreal to Portland’ is to
inspire the international PD community to get moving and raise awareness
about PD. Brian knows from his career as an elite athlete the importance
of exercise and nutrition for health and well-being. You can sign up
today, as an individual or in teams of up to 10, to commit to a series
of carefully chosen exercise programs specially designed to benefit
people with PD. The goal is to complete 100 hours of physical exercise,
and cover 3,000 virtual miles. That’s equivalent to the distance from
Montreal in Canada – home of the 3rd World Parkinson Congress – to
Portland, OR in the US, where the 4th World Parkinson Congress is being
held from September 20-23, 2016. To learn more, please visit

About the Brian Grant Foundation

The Brian Grant Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to
empowering those impacted by Parkinson’s to live active and fulfilling
lives. To learn more, please visit


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