The History of the Ohio Parkinson Foundation (OPF) and the Northeast Region
The Ohio Parkinson Foundation Northeast Region (OPFNE) is a 501 3(c) non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for those affected by Parkinson’s Disease (PD) The foundation offers an annual, free, educational symposium, supports the efforts of many charitable organizations involved in the development of education and wellness programming for the Parkinson community, such as exercise and dance classes, and offers funding for local and national PD research. The foundation also maintains contact and general information for the Parkinson Support Groups in the 16 counties that it serves, and maintains a website with local and national PD resources.
OPFNE originated in 1997, and through the work of many dedicated men and women, both statewide and local, Parkinson Support Groups grew. Tallmadge, the most centrally located area in our region, was established as the best place for board meetings comprised of representatives from many of the regional support groups (see Support Groups page). Over the past 16 years, these individuals, and many others, have helped us continue to provide information and support to those in our region who are affected by PD. Their commitment and dedication assists us in efficient planning of educational symposiums and the decision making needed to provide on-going information for the PD patients and caregivers we serve. They work at making a difference in the lives of those with Parkinson Disease. We are very thankful to all those who have been involved with this effort.