Donations are an important source of funding for The Gardner Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders. They help support patient care, new technologies and groundbreaking translational and clinical research that could lead to better treatments and, ultimately, cures for movement disorders.

Selma Schottenstein Harris and her brother, Saul Schottenstein

The Gardner Center’s scientists, clinicians and staff are truly grateful for Greater Cincinnati’s ongoing support. Our research program began to grow in 2002 with a major gift from the James E. and Anne R. Bever family. In 2003 Saul Schottenstein established the Selma Schottenstein Harris Laboratory for Research in Parkinson’s, a research laboratory for basic and translational studies. In 2004 we launched the Sunflower Revolution, an annual event that funds research and patient wellness. In 2006 we became the first National Davis Phinney Research Center. Due to its significant contributions, the Gardner Center also has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and the Davis Phinney Foundation.

In 2007 the Gardners made a landmark gift to advance research and treatment programs in Parkinson’s disease at the UC Neuroscience Institute. We renamed our center The Gardner Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders in their honor. Our daily work is dedicated to our donors’ thoughtful, quiet support, which translates into better treatments, more advanced care and new research findings.

If you are interested in learning more about how to support our mission of providing the highest level of compassionate care and doing innovative research on Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, please contact:

Gina Weitzel
Senior Director of Development
University of Cincinnati Foundation
PO Box 670544
51 Goodman Drive, Suite 100
Cincinnati Ohio 45221-0544 
(513) 558-6112

Elizabeth Keating
Development Officer
University Hospital Foundation
234 Goodman Street
Cincinnati, OH 45219
(513) 584-0695

Or, you can make a donation online » 


Sunflower Revolution

Another significant source of funding is the Sunflower Revolution.

The Sunflower Revolution is an annual three-day event whose mission is to raise funds for Parkinson’s disease research and wellness programs. The event also aims to raise awareness among the general public.

A shared project of the Davis Phinney Foundation and the UC Neuroscience Institute, the Sunflower Revolution involves multiple events, including a free educational symposium and expo for patients, caregivers and family members, and a fund-raising bike ride that attracts cyclists from around the nation.

The Sunflower Revolution was founded by Kathleen Krumme, a Cincinnati cyclist and bicycle shop manager whose father, the late Donald Krumme, suffered from Parkinson’s disease. The sunflower is a common sight at the Tour de France, the world’s most famous cycling event, and it is a symbol of hope.

All proceeds from the Sunflower Revolution benefit Parkinson’s disease programs in research, education and wellness at the Gardner Family Center. Since 2004 the event has raised more than $1 million for laboratory research, clinical trials for patients with Parkinson’s disease and fellowship opportunities for young physicians who are training to become Parkinson’s disease specialists.

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