Gannon University’s LeVan Honored with Audree Parr Parkinson’s Disease Champion Award
Posted: December 26, 2017
David R. LeVan, an assistant professor in Gannon University's
Occupational Therapy program, has been honored with the Audree Parr
Parkinson's Disease Champion Award recognizing a person or
organization that has brought awareness and/or resources to the
Parkinson's disease community through leadership, scholarship, and
Members of the Parkinson's disease (PD) community nominated
LeVan and Lynne Gotham, executive director of Parkinson Partners of
Northwestern Pennsylvania Inc., a nonprofit organization, for the
honor this year.
"Knowing this nomination comes from the PD community makes the
recognition all that more special," LeVan said.
LeVan began consulting with Parkinson Partners in 2009, working
with Gotham and Tom Hudson, a retired former faculty member in
Gannon's Physical Therapy program, to create a Purposeful Movement
and Wellness Program for people with Parkinson's disease. Now in
its eighth year, the program is a collaborative effort between
Parkinson Partners, Hamot Health Foundation, The Salvation Army and
Gannon University's Occupational and Physical Therapy programs. The
primary purpose of the program is to engage participants in
evidenced-based exercises and activities tailored to people with PD
that can be continued at home through a daily routine.
In 2012, LeVan was elected to serve as president of the board of
directors of Parkinson Partners and continued in that role through
2016. During that time, the organization experienced
significant growth in funding for - and services to - the PD
community. In addition, Parkinson Partners scholarship was
recognized at international, national, and state conferences for
utilizing community partnerships to develop and implement a
community based wellness program for PD.
The Audree Parr Parkinson's Disease Champion Award is named
after Audree Parr, a founder of Parkinson Partners and an active