Northwest Chapter Optimism Award

Optimism Award winners exemplify the APDA tagline of “Strength in optimism, hope in progress” by having a meaningful impact on the Parkinson’s community through support, education, wellness, and/or research. The Optimism Award celebrates people who are demonstrating optimism through their important contributions to the Parkinson’s community, and providing inspiration and hope for all that can be achieved.

We are surrounded by extraordinary individuals who every day are making a difference in the lives of people living Parkinson’s disease. Please help us recognize those people by nominating them for the APDA Northwest Chapter Optimism Award.


Jeanne Kieffer

Kerry Howard

Brian Harris


We invite members of our Parkinson’s disease community to use the form provided to submit nominations to Heidi Murdock, Fundraising Events Manager, by January 5, 2024. Nominees must reside in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, or Idaho. Nominations will be reviewed and the winner(s) will be selected by APDA staff and the Magic of Hope Committee. Winners will be contacted by January 19, 2024, and invited to attend the Magic of Hope Gala & Auction on March 2, 2024, where they will be presented with the Optimism Award.

Optimism Award – Community Member
A community member nominee may be a PwP (Person with Parkinson’s), a care partner, family member, support group leader, volunteer, donor/philanthropist, or individual with a passion for Parkinson’s disease who is making a difference in the lives of those living with PD.

Optimism Award – Service Provider
A service provider nominee is a Parkinson’s healthcare professional, including (but not limited to): physician, neurologist, neurosurgeon, physical therapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, exercise/wellness facilitator, massage therapist, researcher, nurse, clinical research coordinator, educator, or other healthcare practitioner working in the fields related to Parkinson’s disease.

Individuals cannot nominate themselves. Previous award recipients are not eligible. The list may be found toward the top of this page.

Optimism Award Nomination Form

Your Name(Required)
Nominee Name
Nominee Address(Required)
Optimism Award Category(Required)

If you would like to download the form please click here.

QUESTIONS? Contact Heidi Murdock at or 206-798-3205

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