Melvin Weinstein was actively involved in real estate development throughout Virginia. Over the years he consistently gave back to the community in many ways, leading by example and providing enthusiasm to every project.
Melvin Weinstein continued his charitable contribution despite being afflicted with the debilitating and devastating Parkinson's Disease. Our organization is named to thank him, honor him and carry on his philanthropic legacy. In memory of Melvin Weinstein and all people who have lost their lives to Parkinson's Disease, we vow to continue to provide assistance to individuals courageously battling this degenerative neurological disease as they face potentially devastating financial distress.
Until the cure… easing the burden
Many people with Parkinson’s require constant care, specialized equipment and services to effectively manage their disease. With limited insurance coverage, a substantial portion of required expenses are left to be paid out of pocket. For many individuals, it is nearly impossible to keep up with the costs. The Melvin Weinstein Parkinson's Foundation (MWPF) purchases equipment and supplies necessary for Parkinson’s patients to sustain a safe and healthy environment and preserve their self-esteem and dignity.
Many foundations and organizations are geared towards finding a cure for Parkinson’s. In the meantime, however, it is estimated that over 1 million people have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and are faced with debilitating physical and emotional challenges. The MWPF is the only organization of its kind that provides direct relief based on the patients’ actual need. Shower chairs, walkers, electric wheelchairs, and bedside tables are seemingly simple items, but they significantly ease the everyday life of the Parkinson's patient. Parkinsonians and caregivers alike gain freedom and independence by having this type of equipment. Unfortunately, many Parkinsonians cannot afford to purchase these products. The MWPF is here to help Parkinson's patients overcome these financial obstacles.
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
The MWPF is pleased to announce a partnership with The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF). The PDF recognized the lack of financial support available for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease to cover the overwhelming costs of medical equipment and vital home adjustments. The Helen M. Lynch Direct Aid Fund was created, with the help of a private gift, to allow the MWPF to be able to continue to provide aid to individuals who are in need of assistance and meet certain eligibility requirements.
Read the press release here.