Linda Armstrong Is 2012 Sunflower Victory Award Honoree

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Linda Armstrong, center, with husband Dave (left) and Davis Phinney after being honored with the Sunflower Victory Award Sept. 8. Photo by Tom Uhlman.

Linda Armstrong, a longtime advocate for people with Parkinson’s disease, was honored with the 2012 Sunflower Victory Award at the Sunflower Revolution Symposium & Expo last Saturday in Loveland, Ohio. The award was presented by Kim Seroogy, PhD, Director of the Selma Schottenstein Harris Lab for Research in Parkinson’s and Research Director at the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. Ms. Armstrong was praised for “representing the spirit and the ‘Move to Live, Live to Move’ philosophy of the Sunflower Revolution.”

The Sunflower Revolution symposium is an annual educational program of the Gardner Center, a center of excellence at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute, one of four institutes of UC Health. The Victory Award acknowledges those who inspire, empower and give hope within the Parkinson’s disease community.

Ms. Armstrong, an Aurora, Ind., resident who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2000 at age 54, is active in support groups, fund-raising and advocacy. She is the Southeast Indiana representative for the Parkinson’s Action Network.

She is also the creator of beautiful necklaces, bracelets and sea glass pins, which she sells under the title, “Beading for a Parkinson’s Cure.” All proceeds benefit the Gardner Center.

“Knowing that she can take an idea and make it work has given her the courage to talk to members of Congress about the urgent need to find a cure for Parkinson’s,” says Gina Weitzel, Senior Director of Development for the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute.

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