About Us

The National Parkinson Foundation Heartland Chapter is non-profit organization dedicated to making life better for people with Parkinson's through expert care and research. Everything we do helps people actively enjoy life with their friends, families, children and gandchildren until there is a tomorrow without Parkinson's.

Although our office is located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, we prorovide services, programs, and support groups throughout the state of Kansas and Western Missouri. Whether you are newly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease or have been managing it for years, a caregiver, family member or friend of someone with Parkinson's disease, we are here to help you.

Our Mission & Vision

We make life better for people with Parkinson's through expert care and research. Everything we do helps people actively enjoy life with their friends, families, children and gandchildren until there is a tomorrow without Parkinson's.

Goals

NPF Heartland Chapter seeks to:

> provide programs that support those living with Parkinson's and their caregivers,

> eductate those affected by Parkinson's about the entire spectrum of Parkinson's disease and,

> serve as a bridge between people with Parkinson's and their healthcare providers, to help patients and families get the best care possible.

History

Founded in 1981 as the Parkinson Association of Kansas City with the purpose to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease; to help find its cause and cure; and to provide education and support to patients, their families and caregivers. Initially, the Association focused on raising money in support of a cure and of clinical services for people with Parkinson’s disease. Much of this funding supported the KU Medical Center Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center, a designated National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence.

In 2003, the Parkinson Association of KC became an independent nonprofit organization and improved patient services and programs. The mission was expanded to include a wider geographic presence in Kansas, and Missouri and its name changed to Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland.

In 2011, Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland strengthened its relationship with the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), and signed an affiliation agreement to operate as the Heartland Chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation.

In 2013, the Heartland Chapter unified with NPF, officially becoming part of the highly regarded organization that was founded on making live better for those with Parkinson's.