Neighborhood Sandwich Shop Donates Money for Ataxia Research

Northwestern Medicine
Neurosciences February 20, 2013
A group from Jersey Mike's sandwich shop Donation for Ataxia researchEarlier this month, the Northwestern Memorial Foundation accepted a generous donation from Jersey Mike’s restaurant on Ohio Street as a result of a winter fundraiser at the restaurant. For a few days in December, the sandwich shop offered patrons the opportunity to receive a free sub sandwich with a minimum $2 donation to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The restaurant generously donated more than $1,700 to help fund Dr. Puneet Opal’s Ataxia research. Opal is currently studying a genetic disease called Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 1 (SCA1) that affects the cerebellar region of the brain. There is currently no cure for the relentless and uniformly fatal disease. Opal and his team hope that the studies will spur the initiation of clinical trials for patients with SCA1 as well as other forms of Ataxia.

Opal is part of the team at the Northwestern Medicine Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, which is the only National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence in Illinois. The center provides innovative, multidisciplinary care, while also conducting research to extend knowledge and treatment of movement disorders. There is an emphasis on education and support for patients, families, caregivers, healthcare providers and the community.

To make a contribution to Opal’s research or the Parkinson’s Center, contact Jorie Parwani at 312.926.4198.

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