Our mission statement and values speak to our commitment to restoring function and improving the lives of people who live with neurological disorders.
This isn’t limited to physical function. Through our community outreach programs and advocacy support, we provide education, information and resources that aim to help improve function in many aspects of life. It also extends to how we function in, and contribute to, our local community.
One of our very first community programs, I Walk Because, was created to give a voice to our consumer communities, celebrating the strength, support, and resiliency that is so evident in local Walk events. As part of this program, Acorda employees staffed the I Walk Because booth at the annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York City and at many NMSS Walks around the country. Our associates provided attendees with t-shirts to customize with messages about why and for whom they walk. I Walk Because also gave our associates the opportunity to meet people in the communities we serve, and to learn more about the triumphs and challenges of those who live with neurological disorders, their families, friends, and care partners. The stories that they so generously shared with us continue to resonate long after each Walk event ends, and provide a deeper sense of meaning and connection to Acorda’s mission and the work we do.
Our associates also created walk teams to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Fox Trot events in New York and Boston, as well as a team to ride in the New England Bike Ride in Maine. Friends and family joined the team to raise much needed money and awareness for Parkinson’s research.