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DATE: 11/19/2009
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Littleton-Anglin Family Presents Gift for Parkinson’s Disease Endowment

Researchers at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center will benefit from a generous gift from the Littleton-Anglin Family of West Texas. A gift of $260,000 was presented to the TTUHSC Department of Neurology for the establishment of the Littleton-Anglin Families Endowment Fund for Parkinson’s Disease Research.

This gift is in memory of Zada Anglin who died as a result of medical complications brought on by Parkinson’s disease from which she suffered for 15 years. This endowment is given by her daughter Gayle Anglin Littleton and grandchildren, Becky Upchurch and Jan Allison. Other relatives to be honored by this fund include LZ Anglin, James A. Littleton, Jr. and J.A. and Rene Littleton, all deceased.

According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, more than one million Americans suffer from the disease and approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year. The disease is a progressive disorder that over time symptoms such as tremors, stiffness of the limbs and trunk, impaired balance and slowness of movement become disabling.

John DeToledo, M.D., chair of the Department of Neurology, said continued research is essential to making progress in understanding and treating the disease.

“Their vision and generosity will help Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to fund the position for an expert in Movement Disorders and also to engage Texas Tech medical students in Parkinson’s disease research,” DeToledo said.

Steven Berk, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine, said West Texas is fortunate to have families such as the Littleton and Anglins in the community.

“The Littleton and Anglin families have dedicated themselves to finding answers for this disease that affected their mother. Their generosity will leave a wonderful legacy on her behalf.”

The Littleton and Anglin families are from Earth, Tx. and have strong ties to Texas Tech University as alumni. Gayle Littleton earned her BA in Arts and Sciences from TTU in 1948. Becky Littleton Upchurch received a BS in Home Economics from TTU in 1976. Jan Allison received a BA from TTU in 1979.

Earnings from the endowment will be used for Parkinson’s disease research including clinician salaries, specialized equipment, scholarships as well as training and other educational programs.

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