Upcoming Events

APDA Wisconsin Events

Check back often or follow us on Facebook for the latest-and-greatest event announcements. Our current virtual programs and classes are linked here.

In response to the evolving coronavirus disease and with an abundance of caution, the American Parkinson Disease Association has decided to postpone all in-person events and meetings until further notice. We want you to know that this decision was not made lightly. Our first priority is the health and safety of our attendees, volunteers and staff. Learn more about APDA’s response to COVID-19 here.


Perfect Pairings: An virtual evening of wine and auction

October 2020


Upper Midwest Parkinson’s Symposium

November 19 and 20

APDA Wisconsin is partnering with APDA Iowa and Minnesota to go live. The 2020 Parkinson’s Symposium will be a two-day online, interactive event.

By joining forces we will be able to bring you top-level speakers, trending topics on the latest in Parkinson’s issues, and all from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Yes! We will be bringing even more great content and connection.


This event is free, thanks to the generous support of folks just like you. If you would like to give http://bit.ly/apdawigive


Parkinson’s Roadmap for Education and Support Services

Tuesdays from 4:30-6PM
December 15 through February 2

This free 8-week education and peer-support program provides a roadmap to life with Parkinson’s disease. It is for those who have been diagnosed in the past five years and their care partners.

Session 1: What’s next after diagnosis
Session 2: Medication management of Parkinson’s
Session 3: Importance of exercise in PD
Session 4: Dealing with physical symptoms of PD
Session 5: Impact of Parkinson’s on daily coping and relationships
Session 6: Tips for daily living
Session 7: Caring for others, caring for yourself
Session 8: Building your healthcare team

Computer and internet access is necessary as sessions will be held via Zoom.

To register or for more info contact Theresa Fishler at 920-397-5328 or tmfconsultingllc@outlook.com

Registration is required.  Space is limited.


Parkinson’s Half Marathon and 5K Run, and 1-Mile Walk

Join us in April 2021!
Glacial Drumlin Trail (Cottage Grove)

Half marathon, 5K, and 1 mile walk fundraiser with all proceeds go to APDA Wisconsin. This event promises to be an exceptional racing experience and fundraiser. The races will be an out-and-back format on the scenic Glacial Drumlin State Trail between Cottage Grove and Deerfield.  The trail is very flat and consists of smoothly compacted gravel. Come for the run and stay for the beer, food, cookies and festivities. If you live too far away or have a schedule conflict you can participate in the Virtual Race. For more info visit the Race website or Registration



Recap and outcomes

Virtual Optimism Walk

September 2020

Thanks to your generous support we raised more than $20,000.


Parkinson’s Symposium

November 1, 2019
Marriott West (Middleton)
More than 250 people attended this much appreciated education and support program. The 2019 event featured informational sessions for people living with PD and their families, caregivers and health care professionals. In addition to an uplifting keynote speaker were two session tracks, diverse exhibitor area, and interactive exercise breaks.

Optimism Walk

August 25, 2019
Warner Park (Madison)
The Optimism Walk is part of a nationwide movement to mobilize and inspire people to help put an end to Parkinson’s disease. This Wisconsin family-friendly event is a fun short walk, a cookout, community resource fair,  musical entertainment and time visiting and connecting with others in our Parkinson’s community. More than 200 people turned out for the 2019 event raising nearly $24,000.

Connecting Through Art Workshop

August 24, 2019
Badger Rock Neighborhood Center (Madison)
The Connecting Through Art workshop is a new creative arts program that offers people with Parkinson’s disease the space and ability to express feelings, emotions and daily concerns through their artwork. This program encourages participants to socialize as they participate in art activities and also helps them to strengthen their fine motor movements. It is open to any adult who has been diagnosed with PD and their care partner. This free program was attended by eight people.


Financial Planning for Parkinson’s presentation

May 22, 2019
Urban League of Greater Madison
Living with Parkinson’s disease can have significant impacts to your finances. But these needn’t take you by surprise. Come learn some of the most important tools for financial planning when Parkinson’s is part of your life. Whether you’re protecting wealth or seeking additional resources, you’ll learn resources and methods to build confidence in your financial future so that you can live life to the fullest. This free program was attended by nine people.


Perfect Pairings: An evening of wine & food

April 13, 2019
Black Hawk Country Club (Madison)
Perfect Pairings four-course small plate dinner and wine tasting event was a sell-out again 2019. This year we raised more than $40,000 from registrations, wine pull, silent auction and sponsorships. Key to this year’s success was two $4,000 auction wins for an overnight stay and cases of wine donated by Dutcher Crossing winery. This  event raised more than $25,000 in 2018, and we were thrilled to beat that amount this year – all in the name of supporting the Parkinson’s community. View photos of the 2018 event.


Parkinson’s Half Marathon and 5K Run, and 1-Mile Walk

April 6, 2019
Glacial Drumlin Trail (Cottage Grove)
Parkinson’s disease Awareness Month in April started with a bang as 1,400 runners and walkers joined us for the Parkinson’s Half Marathon and 5k. It’s always such fun to see so many teams of family and friends band together in fitness and support of those with PD.


Smile Through Art Workshop

March 2, 2019
DreamBank (Madison)
APDA Wisconsin hosted the Massachusetts Art Cart’s Smile Through Art program. About 20 people enjoyed an afternoon of creativity. If you couldn’t join us for this first visit, I have good news. They’ll be back August 24th for a Connecting Through Art program.


Madison Capitols Hockey

Pucks for Parkinson’s

March 1, 2019
Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena (Middleton)
In early March, we had a great group of American Parkinson Disease Association supporters at the Pucks for PD event with the Madison Capitols hockey team. The Caps had a near sell-out crowd, so there were lots of eyes on the Nasett family as they dropped the puck to start the game. We raised nearly $400. More importantly, lots of new people learned about our organization. Oh, and we had a great time.


UW Madison Running25th Annual Fall 15K and 3x5K Relay

October 14, 2018
University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Annual Fall Individual and Relay Race with the UW Madison Running Club was a success. More than 80 runners including the relay teams raised nearly $900 to be donated to APDA Wisconsin. Runners enjoyed a beautiful day, a moderately challenging course with lots of Fall color, and helping out a worthy cause.


Optimism Events

These events  help raise funds to enable APDA Wisconsin Chapter to continue providing local support and education to those touched by Parkinson’s disease right in your own communities, and also fund scientific research into the causes. We’re always looking for event volunteers and sponsors, so give us a shout-out if you are interested.

Did you know that you can start your own fundraiser in your community and donate the proceeds to help the APDA further its mission? Let us know if you are planning an Optimism Event of your own and we would be happy to list it on our website. Please note that Optimism Events are not sponsored or affiliated with the APDA in any way.