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Richardson Leaders to Open New Parkinson's Education Center on April 7


RICHARDSON, TEXAS — On Friday, April 7, 2017 Richardson-based nonprofit Parkinson Voice Project will mark Parkinson’s Awareness Month by officially opening the Clark and Brigid Lund Parkinson’s Education Center. The media is invited to join Parkinson Voice Project’s CEO & Founder Samantha Elandary, Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker, and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce for a special ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. A tour of the Education Center will follow. The Education Center is located adjacent to Parkinson Voice Project’s existing clinic at 646 N Coit Rd #2250, Richardson, TX 75080.

Frisco residents Clark & Brigid Lund donated $500,000 to Parkinson Voice Project for the Education Center. Clark Lund is a retired J.C. Penny executive who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011. He went through Parkinson Voice Project’s SPEAK OUT!® program to improve his speech. He’s also a member of the LOUD Crowd® speech maintenance program. 

Beginning in April 2017, Parkinson Voice Project will host free presentations by world renown Parkinson's experts on the second Saturday of every month. The lectures are open to the public, patients, families, physicians, and healthcare professionals. They will also live stream online. The first lecture is on Saturday, April 8, 2017 presented by Shilpa Chitnis, MD, PhD and Erwin B. Montgomery, Jr., MD. Dr. Chitnis is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Montgomery is the Medical Director of the Greenville Neuromodulation Center in Greenville, Pennsylvania.

The diagram shows the new Education Center highlighted in beige. Grey represents Parkinson Voice Project’s existing clinic. 

Parkinson Voice Project is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Parkinson Voice Project’s CEO & Founder, Samantha Elandary, started the organization out of her home in the 1990s. Samantha went into the Speech Pathology field, because of her own childhood experiences struggling with speech issues. Parkinson Voice Project helps patients bring their speech back to life. Parkinson Voice Project has two programs: SPEAK OUT!® & The LOUD Crowd®.
SPEAK OUT! is the speech therapy program developed by Speech-Language Pathologists. Patients typically receive 12 therapy sessions for four weeks. Patients learn to speak with intent. They complete exercises that strengthen overall speech, but also address the cognitive challenges experienced by those with Parkinson's.
The LOUD Crowd is the speech maintenance program patients enter after completing the SPEAK OUT! program. Since Parkinson's is a progressive disease, maintaining one's speaking abilities is an ongoing challenge.

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