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Nancy Novick: Changing the Future of Parkinson's Care

Nancy Novick: Changing the Future of Parkinson's Care

When Nancy Novick was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD) in her 50s, she knew that she wanted to help others facing similar challenges. Nancy had been a successful real estate agent in California, and the diagnosis of PD took a toll on her quality of life. She worried about people noticing her tremor and grew self-conscious about her more visible symptoms. Nancy felt depressed and, at times, that she was facing the disease alone. That all changed once she joined a local support group for people with Parkinson's. Nancy realized that she was not alone and that the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) provided an entire community and a number of resources she could tap into for guidance and support as she faced the daily challenges of living with PD.

"Parkinson's disease had a profound impact on my sister's life, and she was determined to give back to the community that helped her. She chose the National Parkinson Foundation in her estate plan because she truly believed in their mission to make life better for people with Parkinson's and their families, said Linda Larkin, Nancy's sister and the executor of her estate."

Through the support of Nancy and the other members of NPF's Legacy Society, NPF has funded nearly $200 million in research and support services to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson's.

No one should have to face this disease alone, and because of Nancy's generous contribution to NPF's mission, she was able to make a difference in the lives of countless others who are suffering from this disease. Would you like to leave a legacy that keeps on giving? Please consider joining the society of people who have already made NPF part of their estate plans. For more information about NPF's Legacy Society, please contact Amy Gray, Senior Vice President, Constituent and Community Relations, for a confidential conversation: e-mail her at agray@parkinson.org or call 305-537-9906.


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