Robert A.M. Coppenrath: A Quest to Beat Parkinson's
As an avid mystery fan and accomplished author in his own right, Robert A. M. Coppenrath can't wait to start reading the final chapter about the long quest to find a cause and cure for Parkinson's disease.
Coppenrath predicts that during his lifetime, medical researchers will identify and disarm many of the intricate and elusive villains that cause Parkinson's. "Absolutely, we will see it!"
But solving these medical mysteries depends on the continued generosity of public and private funding for state-of-the-art research that is closing in on a cure, he adds.
Coppenrath, is an internationally known business executive with Agfa-Gevaert, Inc., and an adjunct professor of graduate leadership studies at Ramapo State College. He has authored nine books and is an accomplished artist as well as a prolific reader.
Coppenrath also makes time to act as a generous supporter of the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), an allegiance that spans half a century. "Parkinson's is such a dreadful disease," Coppenrath says. "We really need to get more and more information about this disease out to the general public."
Coppenrath first learned about the National Parkinson Foundation some 50 years ago, as a friend and business associate of Dr. Charles Glasser, the son of founder Jeanne Levey. Mrs. Levey's husband, Jay, died from Parkinson's in 1964 after a grueling 18-year struggle.
Coppenrath's support of the National Parkinson Foundation grew through the years thanks to his long friendship with Nathan Slewett, Chairman Emeritus of the board, whom Coppenrath praises as "the key to what the Foundation is today" and the "driving force behind our Board of Governors."
In his support for the foundation, Coppenrath serves as an NPF ambassador and an honorary member of the Board of Governors and contributes financially. He has donated several of his original paintings to NPF and also established a legacy in his will, ensuring that research into the best treatments for people living with Parkinson's disease will continue beyond his lifetime.
"Robert Coppenrath is a uniquely creative individual whose loyal support over the years has meant much to the National Parkinson Foundation," says Amy Gray, Senior Vice President, Community and Constituent Relations, of the National Parkinson Foundation. "Through the generous support of people like him, we will be able to continue to fund the research that will eventually put an end to suffering caused by Parkinson's."