The late James J. Gardner with his wife, Joan A. Gardner.

Donations are an important source of funding for the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family 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.

Our research program began to grow in 2002 with a major gift from the James E. and Anne R. Bever family.

At left, Selma Schottenstein Harris and her brother, Saul Schottenstein.  At right, Kim Seroogy, PhD, Director of the Selma Schottenstein Harris Lab for Research in Parkinson’s.

In 2003 Saul Schottenstein established the Selma Schottenstein Harris Laboratory for Research in Parkinson’s, a research laboratory within the Gardner Center dedicated to 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. 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 James J. and Joan A. Gardner family 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. Mr. Gardner was a civic-minded leader, a philanthropist and an exemplary and loving caregiver to his wife, Joan, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. He died in 2013 after a short illness.

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Parkinson’s Disease Support Network of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana

From left: Dr. Robert Krikorian, Dr. Sheila Fleming, Tom Simons, Dr. Fredy J. Revilla, Carol Simons, Sandy Wuest, Jerry Wuest, Dr. Alberto Espay, the late Pete Hershberger, Jan Hershberger, and Dr. Kim Seroogy.

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Network of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana (PDSNOKI) has donated $457,000 to the Gardner Center since 2004 through the Jerry Wuest-Pete Hershberger Dinner Gala & Golf Classic and other events. The popular two-day event is also an important source of funding for several support and exercise groups in the region. In photo at right, the late Pete Hershberger (left) with Jerry Wuest.

Putting for Parkinson’s

Putting for Parkinson’s officials presented a check for $24,200 to the Gardner Center on Nov. 3, 2015. Back row, left to right: Alberto Espay, MD, Shawn Hopper, Pete VanCuren, Joy Layman, Tyler Layman, Scott Layman, Brett Kissela, MD, Alok Sahay, MD. Front row: Cara Jacob, MD, Joni Vest, MD, Maureen Gartner, MSN, NP-C, and Andy Duker, MD.

Putting for Parkinson’s is a golf outing, dinner and silent auction at the Highland Country Club in Ft. Thomas, Ky. The event has raised more than $100,000 since its beginning in 2010. The event’s co-founders are Scott Layman, who was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease at age 43, and his wife, Joy. The 2015 event raised $24,200 for the Gardner Center.

Chipping Away at Parkinson’s

Chipping Away at Parkinson’s is a novel wiffle ball golf fundraiser that is played out over two sprawling, wooded properties in the Brandonmore subdivision in Union Township. Above, co-founders Paul Lake and Bob Dames joined fellow organizers in presenting the Gardner Center with $35,000 in proceeds from the 2015 event.

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:

Peggy A. A’Hearn
Director of Development, College of Medicine
The University of Cincinnati Foundation
PO Box 19970
Cincinnati, OH  45219-0970
(513) 558-6112
[email protected]

Kathy Nullmeier
Associate Director of Development
UC Neuroscience Institute
PO Box 670570
260 Stetson Street, Suite 5221
Cincinnati Ohio 45267-0570
(513) 558-6769
[email protected]

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