Barrow benefactors changing Parkinson's patient care at Barrow

Renee and Bob Parsons(August 2017) - The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation recently announced a $4 million gift in support of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center (MAPC) at Barrow Neurological Institute to establish the Lonnie and Muhammad Ali Legacy Care Program. The gift underscores the Parsons’ commitment to improving care for patients treated at the center, as well as advancing research and education to benefit the medical community worldwide.

Through the Lonnie and Muhammad Ali Legacy Care Program, MAPC medical staff will be able to provide a new level of support to those they serve by offering multi-disciplinary home care and communication with physicians via video and telemedicine. Parkinson’s results in significant loss of mobility, making it difficult for patients to travel outside the home. Extending the care the center provides into patient homes has long been the vision of Muhammad Ali’s wife, Lonnie, and will be extremely valuable to patients and their caregivers.

“Lonnie shared with us her hope that everyone engaged in the fight against this debilitating disease should get the same attention and dedication from doctors and caregivers that her husband received,” says businesswoman and philanthropist, Renee Parsons. “Bob and I are honored to help advance Lonnie’s vision of helping those who need it most.”

Established in 1997 by Muhammad Ali and founding director Abraham Lieberman, MD, MAPC is the nation’s most comprehensive center for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. The formation of the Lonnie and Muhammad Ali Legacy Care Program is one more step in the fight to transform the treatment of Parkinson’s and to one day, beat this debilitating disease.