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Hartman Foundation Cure for Sure Dinner

Woodbury, NY-- On Tuesday, June 21, 2011, the Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson's Research celebrated Father Tom Hartman’s 65th birthday at the 8th Annual Cure for Sure Dinner. A press conference was held to recognize the many people who have helped Father Tom raise awareness about the disease and put their efforts into finding a cure. During the press conference, the following scientists who have received grants from the Hartman Foundation spoke of their new developments:

·         David Eidelberg, M.D. The North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research (Hartman Foundation Executive Scientific Advisor)
·         Serge Przedborski, M.D., Ph.D.
Columbia University Medical Center
·         Rajiv Ratan, M.D., Ph.D.
Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute

·         D. James Surmeier, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
·         Michael Kaplitt, M.D., Ph.D.
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
·         Andrew Feigin, M.D.
The North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Dr. Eidelberg moderated the press conference and shared his thoughts: “With national funding for scientific research at an all time low, it’s private foundations like the Hartman Foundation that provide the seed money for our research. With this funding, we are able to acquire vast levels of knowledge that hopefully will lead to creative solutions that will be transformative. The common goal we share is to move the field of Parkinson’s research forward and push the envelope to develop and discover scientific breakthroughs that may lead to a cure or at least slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease.”
The dinner kicked off with a video trailer produced by WNET Channel 13 and WLIW Channel 21. The trailer gave a brief preview of a one-hour PBS documentary that will feature Father Tom and raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease. Carol Lenz, Ms. New York Senior America 2004, then led the 700+ audience in singing “Happy Birthday” to Father Tom. Ms. Lenz received this year’s Hartman Spirit Award which is given to a person affected by Parkinson’s who has contributed to the public awareness of the disease. The Hartman Corporation of the Year Honoree is John R. Buran, Chairman, President and CEO of the Flushing Financial Corporation and this year’s Philanthropic Honoree is Michael P. Fishman, President, 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
 A live auction led by Hockey Hall of Famer Clark Gillies was held during the dinner to raise money for Parkinson's research and The Thomas Hartman Foundation.
Father Tom established the Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Inc. in 2004, three years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. “It became clear to me that God was inviting humanity to find the cure” said Father Tom. “With God, prayer, good science and money, the cure can be found.”
About the Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson’s Inc.
The Foundation seeks to provide grants for the newest and most innovative scientific projects which offer the best hope for the advancement and development of a cure. Scientists believe that with continued funding for research a cure for Parkinson’s can be found within ten years. This is a time frame affirmed by top officials of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in testimony before Congress.

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