Danny receives no renumeration for his work with Parkinson's people. His work is strictly on a volunteer basis. However,
there are expenses incurred for studio rentals, equipment, and travel expenses.
Tai Chi Parkinson's is an integral part of the Morton Apfeldorf Parkinson's Support Foundation. Contributions can be made through the Foundation.
The Morton Apfeldorf Parkinson’s Support Foundation
The Morton Apfeldorf Parkinson’s Support Foundation, Inc. (the "Foundation") is a not-for-profit corporation and a tax exempt public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code. The Foundation’s EIN is 16-1756538.
As stated in its Bylaws, the purpose of the Foundation is:
to promote the welfare of persons suffering from Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers, and to provide information, support and assistance to alleviate such suffering.
Objectives of the Foundation include:
to provide and/or subsidize support groups and other therapeutic and social programs which enhance the quality of life for Parkinson’s sufferers; to develop alternative innovative programs to help Parkinson’s sufferers better cope with the impact of this disease; to provide financial assistance as appropriate to accomplish these objectives; to maintain a library of relevant Parkinson’s related books, DVD’s and other research and informative materials; and to generally enhance the public awareness of the needs of those suffering from this disease.
Some of the Foundation’s ongoing activities and accomplishments:
The Foundation maintains an English language library of more than 300 Parkinson’s related books, publications, DVDs and other research and informative materials.
The Foundation partnered with the Israel Parkinson Association (IPA) to translate and dub into Hebrew, and distribute, David Zid’s acclaimed DVD "Delay the Disease" exercise program for Parkinson’s disease sufferers.
The Foundation is currently working with a renowned Tai Chi instructor to produce an instructional DVD of exercises specifically designed for persons with Parkinson’s.
The Foundation is working to identify, develop, assist and promote various traditional, as well as innovative, therapies and programs, such as tai chi, dance, art, gyrokinetics, speech and animal therapy.
The Foundation subsidized a summer outing for more than 80 persons with Parkinson’s and their caregivers, and expects to subsidize other such social events.
The Foundation provides financial assistance to Parkinson’s disease sufferers and to volunteer organizations which provide support, equipment and related services.
The Foundation subsidizes travel expenses for those who have ambulatory difficulty in attending support groups in Jerusalem.
The Foundation is establishing exercise studios for people with Parkinson's which will offer weekly classes in various disciplines, such as Tai Chi, yoga, dance, aerobics, reflexology, etc. Such a studio debuted in the Tel Aviv area on July 7, 2010, and the Foundation hopes to replicate this initiative in Jerusalem this coming year.
The Foundation is investigating the feasibility of partnering with a specific New York based dance group to further develop and establish "Dance with Parkinson’s" therapy groups.
The Foundation plans to provide a forum for the exchange of information between Parkinson’s specialists and other movement disorder specialists on issues of common interest, such as alternative non-traditional therapies.
A member of the Foundation’s staff offers Tai Chi classes in collaboration with the Israel Parkinson's Association in several Israeli cities. With the Foundation’s financial assistance, the cost per individual participant is minimal.
The Foundation is reviewing the possibility of providing Tai Chi workshops internationally. A volunteer member of the Foundation’s staff has conducted workshops in Seattle, Portland and New York to demonstrate the effectiveness of exercise, particularly Tai Chi, in coping with Parkinson's and to provide guidance to qualified Tai Chi instructors how to deal with the special needs of Parkinson’s sufferers. This workshop will be presented at the World Parkinson's Congress in Scotland this coming September.
If fiscally possible, the Foundation will provide funding to train talented art and exercise instructors and assist them in creating a curriculum and programs geared for the special needs of Parkinson’s sufferers.
The Foundation is continuing the formidable task of developing a single portal internet site for access to the numerous existing websites of national and international organizations devoted to advocacy, research and support for persons with Parkinson’s.
The Israel Parkinson Association has acknowledged the Foundation’s endeavors and the Foundation was presented with the Chairman’s Certificate of Appreciation.
The Foundation has no paid employees, there are virtually no administrative expenses, except for supplies and the like, and all research and activities are performed on a completely voluntary basis, without any compensation.
The Foundation can be contacted at: The Morton Apfeldorf Parkinson’s Support Foundation
c/o Morton Apfeldorf, President
Mendele Mocher Sefarim 1/B, Apt 6, Jerusalem 92147 Israel
Tel No.: +972 (0)2 566 7865 Mobile No.: +972 (0)52 516 4276
USA Tel. No.: 888 475 7265