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The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Gives $1 Million to Fall Prevention Program

Gift to be invested in staff and equipment at Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center

Phoenix, AZ, September 19, 2015 --( The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has made a second $1 million gift to a breakthrough program at Barrow Neurological Institute that is working to reduce the incidence of falls among patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. The gift will be invested in staff and more than $400,000 worth of equipment needed for research and therapy at The Bob & Renee Parsons Fall Prevention Center, a specialty program at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

The Bob & Renee Parsons Fall Prevention Center was funded through an initial $1 million grant from the Parsons in 2014. The Center was created to address a major problem for patients with Parkinson’s disease and for all aging Americans. At least one-third of adults older than 65 fall at least once a year, making falls the leading cause of injury-related deaths and the most common cause of hospitalization among this segment of the U.S. population.

“This important program for Parkinson’s patients exists today because of the generosity of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation,” said Holly Shill, MD, Director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. “We believe that the research being conducted here will lead to a better quality of life for our patients and, potentially for all aging Americans.”

At The Bob & Renee Parsons Fall Prevention Center, movement disorder specialists from the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center are working with engineering specialists from Arizona State University on research to identify the causes of falls and develop ways to prevent them. Fall-prevention strategies developed through the research will be integrated into the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center’s therapy programs and community outreach activities and also communicated to the broader healthcare community.

“Ultimately, it is our hope that the work being done at The Bob & Renee Parsons Fall Prevention Center will help to reduce, or eliminate, the risk of falling for those who struggle with mobility and balance issues,” said entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Parsons.

This latest gift from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation will fund two new positions – an ASU graduate student and physical therapist to assist in the practical application of the research. Additionally, the grant will fund 20 wireless biosensors that patients can wear continuously at home to monitor their gait and posture. Information generated by the biosensors will help researchers identify why patients fall.

About Barrow Neurological Institute
Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is an internationally renowned medical center that offers care for people from throughout the world with brain and spine diseases, disorders and injuries. More brain surgeries are performed at Barrow than any hospital in the United States and the Institute trains more neurosurgeons than anywhere in the world. St. Joseph’s is consistently voted among the top hospitals in the United States for neurology and neurosurgery. For more information about Barrow, visit For information about Barrow Neurological Foundation, visit

About Barrow Neurological Foundation
Barrow Neurological Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for patient care, medical education and research at Barrow Neurological Institute. More information is available at

About The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation inspires hope by providing critical funding at critical times to communities striving to make a difference. The Foundation primarily focuses on issues in the greater Phoenix area. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation believes every person is entitled to an education, good nutrition, medical care, a stress-free, happy environment and the hope that they too, will share in the American Dream. The Foundation provides funding to nonprofit organizations that are successfully addressing these essential needs. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is also committed to the children of Haiti, helping to grow and improve schools, medical services and overall well-being for communities in rural Haiti.
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