Parkinson’s Foundation Grants Than $2 Million to Local Communities for Parkinson’s Programs

Parkinson’s Foundation Grants Than $2 Million to Local Communities for Parkinson’s Programs
YMCA of the Roses Awarded $18,000 for Partners in Progress
York and Lancaster, PA – July 22, 2022 – The Parkinson’s Foundation recently announced the recipients of more than $2 million in community grants for Parkinson’s disease (PD) programs across the U.S. The Foundation invests in community programs that make an impact in local communities and help people live better with PD by providing support for unmet health, wellness, and educational needs. The YMCA of the Roses was awarded $18,000 for its Partners in Progress initiative, which will bring accessible and affordable wellness classes to individuals with Parkinson’s disease in the local community through activities including boxing, cycling, and water-based exercises.

“Investing in community-based organizations allows the Foundation to direct resources to meaningful PD programs and services locally,” said Parkinson’s Foundation President and CEO John L. Lehr. “The community grants program has grown considerably over the last few years, allowing the Foundation to reach even more people with PD and to have a lasting impact on their lives.”

Of the $2 million awarded, community grants range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $25,000 per recipient. The 2022 grant cycle focuses on programs that educate and deliver exercise specifically designed for people with PD, reach those who are newly diagnosed, and address the intersection of mental health and PD. The programs funded by the Foundation will benefit people with PD in 42 states in the U.S.

“The YMCA has been empowering individuals with Parkinson’s disease for the past several years, but this grant from the community grants program at the Parkinson’s Foundation will allow us to take this work to the next level” says Joe Kirkenir, Director of Development and Communications at the YMCA of the Roses, “We’re incredibly grateful for the Parkinson’s Foundation support and can’t wait to share the program’s impact with everyone in our community.”

Since 2011, the Foundation has invested more than $9.4 million in 716 community-based programs. To see the full list of the 2022 community grant recipients, visit

About the Parkinson’s Foundation
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. Since 1957, the Parkinson’s Foundation has invested more than $400 million in Parkinson’s research and clinical care. Connect with us on, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).

About Parkinson’s Disease
Affecting an estimated one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the U.S. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the U.S. alone.

About the YMCA of the Roses
The YMCA of the Roses was established on December 1, 2021, through a merger between the YMCA of York and York County and the Lancaster Family YMCA. The two independent YMCA associations merged so that they could ensure the entire region would have access to a YMCA, leverage their communities’ collective resources for maximum impact, and utilize best practices from each county’s quality work. It is the mission of the YMCA of the YMCA of the Roses to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
Joe Kirkenir
Director of Development and Communications
YMCA of the Roses / 609-947-0171