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What is Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive disorder caused by the malfunction and death of nerve cells in the brain. Symptoms vary by patient, but people with the disease often experience tremors, slowness of movement, stiffness, and impaired balance and coordination.

Approximately one million people in the U.S. are living with Parkinson’s, with 60,000 new diagnoses each year, and 15-25% of people have relatives with the disorder.

There is no known cause and no cure yet. Medication and surgery can help manage symptoms.

About Us

Cincinnati-area residents Pat Gastreich and Susan Lippert created the Parkinson’s Snowflake Project to support a mission close to their heart. Joining together, they aim to raise public awareness and provide moral support for Parkinson’s patients and their families.

Through the purchase of snowflake pins, we’re dedicated to providing monetary support for Parkinson’s patient care funds. We hope to sell 60,000 pins – one for each newly diagnosed patient per year.

How You Can Help

When you purchase a $5 snowflake pin on our site, your donation helps care for those living with Parkinson’s. All our fundraising dollars go to support the Gardner Patient Care Fund at the University of Cincinnati. We appreciate you purchasing and wearing our pin to support people with Parkinson’s.

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Our First Donation

First Check

The Parkinson’s Snowflake Project was proud to present their first check to the Parkinson’s Patient Care Fund. We presented it to The Development Office of The University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute.

Pictured from left to right: Alex Lolli, development coordinator; Pat Gastreich, Parkinson’s Snowflake Project cofounder; Kathy Nullmeier, associate director of development; Michanne Davis, Gardner Center social worker; Susan Lippert, Parkinson’s Snowflake Project cofounder.