The Hope Parkinson Program will feature Patricia Radford, associate director of advancement for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, at Hope’s Community Education event on Friday, April 11.

The free event, open to the public, will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Edison State College U-Building, located at 8099 College Parkway in Fort Myers.

Radford will present the latest research updates on behalf of the foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure and ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s disease. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

Health care professionals, therapists, volunteers, caregivers and those living with Parkinson’s disease encouraged to attend.

This event coincides with Parkinson Awareness Month and seeks to share new information regarding the chronic, progressive neurological disease that affects movement, speaking and cognitive function.

To register for the Hope Parkinson Program Community Education event, call 877-856-2449.

The Hope Parkinson Program is a complimentary service created to help individuals and their care partners live well while coping with the effects of the disease. The program is designed to add quality of life through educational events, exercise and movement classes, emotional support and creative and social opportunities.