The Milly Kondracke Award for Outstanding Advocacy is presented to recipients at the annual Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner, a celebration of the Parkinson’s community.
Illinois State Director
Roger Halleen has been a strong advocate for people with Parkinson’s and has been committed to raising awareness of the disease in his local community and throughout the state of Illinois. Learn more.
About the Award
Milly Kondracke was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1987 and, after a brave struggle, lost her battle in 2004. Not only did she fight the disease with extraordinary dignity, she tirelessly and effectively advocated for increased federal commitment to Parkinson’s research. On behalf of millions of advocates across the country, Milly was the public face of Parkinson’s disease on Capitol Hill. Milly humanized Parkinson’s and educated lawmakers about the importance of a federal commitment that lives up to the scientific potential. The Milly Kondracke Award for Outstanding Advocacy is presented to advocates who embody the incredible strength of spirit and commitment to advocacy that Milly demonstrated every day.
2014 – Israel Robledo (Texas)
2013 – Monnie Lindsay (Nebraska)
2012 – Michael and Gretchen Church (Florida)
2011 – Michelle Lane (Louisiana)
2010 – James Trussell (Georgia)
2009 – Jean Burns (Arizona)
2008 – Linda Cooper O’Leary (Arizona)
2007 – Michael Hooffstetter (New Mexico)
2005 – Peggy Willocks (Tennessee)
2006 – Jackie Hunt Christensen (Minnesota)
2004 – Joe and Nina Brown (Texas)
2003 – Jim Maurer (Massachusetts)
2002 – Greg Wasson (California)