CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – A West Virginia business owner has been honored with an inaugural national award for his work in advocating for researching treatments and cures for Parkinson’s disease.
George Manahan, of Charleston, was honored this month with the first-ever Hero of Advocacy Award from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
According to the Foundation, Manahan is one of their most active advocates. When Manahan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, himself, in April 2010, there were no support services for people with the disease in the city. What began as an effort to connect with others who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, grew into an effort to help advance research while creating a local support group.