Okun and the other honorees spoke at the White House on March 23rd. The panel discussed the opportunities and challenges of finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
“The most important thing about the White House Champions of Change program is that it will help to bring awareness and to galvanize our country to come to the assistance of the over 1 million Americans with Parkinson’s disease,” said Okun, the co-director and co-founder of the UF Health Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, and medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation. “There is a worldwide crisis of misinformation and, in many areas, no information on the secrets to living a better life with Parkinson’s disease. We have to get the message out, and we have to make it understandable and available to everyone, regardless of where they live or what language they may speak.”