Parkinson’s Association of San Diego Gala Slated for October 6

Contact: Diane Ailor
Parkinson’s Association of San Diego
P.O. Box #1633
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Phone: 703-244-6135
Date: August 17, 2018

Parkinson’s Association of San Diego Gala Slated for October 6

Association Continues Fundraising to Support Expansion of Community Programs


Solana Beach, CA – August 17, 2018 – The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego (PASD) is holding a “Knock-Out Parkinson’s” Gala, on Saturday, October 6th at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla. CBS News 8 Anchor Carlo Cecchetto will emcee the event. The gala will feature an inspiring speech by Rasheda Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali and will include live entertainment, delicious food, libations, spectacular views and silent and live auctions. In addition, the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego will honor Dee Silver, MD with a Lifetime Achievement Award and other key Parkinson’s community contributors. Tickets are currently on sale at

For the past year and a half, PASD has been providing a full array of services to assist those affected by Parkinson’s in the local community. Much of this work centers on fundraising to sustain and expand the organization’s current programs and continue to develop new ones. For example, in April PASD held a successful ‘Step by Step 5k Walk’ that attracted over 1,100 participants.

The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego is currently under the leadership of new President, Board of Directors, Charlie Abdi – a long time champion of the Parkinson’s cause and spouse of a person with Parkinson’s. Since early 2017, Chris Buscher has been at the helm as Executive Director, guiding the association to provide the broadest possible support to the local Parkinson’s community.

Key programs offered by PASD include the Good Start Program – designed to assist those newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s and their care partners. This program is offered at no cost to participants and features a movement disorders neurologist, as well as speakers who address Parkinson’s patient and care partner perspectives, and legal issues.

Empowerment Day, to be held on November 30, is a popular program offered by PASD in conjunction with its partners and sponsors. This event features a full day of presentations, education, and exhibits about Parkinson’s disease. In 2017, over 300 attendees participated in the event and it is expected that attendance will be even greater this year.

Another vital resource is a Medical Integrated Program for Neurology, developed through a partnership between PASD and the Tri City Wellness Center. It incorporates group exercise, forced pace cycling, yoga, chair yoga, dance, aqua classes, tai chi, qi gong and Pilates.

PASD also maintains a special arrangement with a local moving and storage company for a medical support devices and equipment exchange program. People with Parkinson’s can get these items at no cost through the Association.

Another role of PASD is the coordination of activities with Parkinson’s support groups. The groups meet at various locations throughout San Diego County to exchange resource information and discuss topics of vital importance to those with Parkinson’s and their care partners.

It is estimated that seven to 10 million people worldwide have Parkinson’s disease. Research indicates that a minimum of 930,000 people in the United States will be living with Parkinson’s by the year 2020 and this number will rise to 1.2 million by 2030. PASD is doing its part to provide services to thousands of people affected by the disease in San Diego County and to build new and sustainable programs that will also benefit those impacted in future years.


The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to optimizing quality of life for people affected by neurological and movement disorders. As the leading Parkinson’s resource in San Diego County, the association provides information and referral services, education, support groups, evidence-based exercise programs, community events, social opportunities, compassion and encouragement.