The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego (PASD) traces its roots to a small support group for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers founded in 1980 by Dr. Robert Mowry and his wife, Mary.
After meeting for several years, the group caught the attention of the national American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA), headquartered in New York. APDA asked the group to establish a local chapter and also to develop an Information & Referral Center in San Diego, which it did at Mission Bay Hospital.
When the Center moved from the hospital, it was decided to create an independent nonprofit organization so it could expand number and nature of services beyond the scope of those allowed for by APDA at the time. It was felt by the Board of Directors that this decision would better serve our local Parkinson’s community.
The new group, was incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in the Fall of 1989. Since then there have been two name changes, bringing us to our current name – the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego, Inc. (PASD). Throughout our history our mission has remained unchanged.
PASD continues to work closely with the national American Parkinson Disease Association through co-sponsorship of many of our services, programs, and educational events. We are proud of this relationship and believe that collaborating where possible is the best way to ensure the greatest benefit to the Parkinson’s families we serve.