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PDF Champions in Action

At the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), we meet all types of PDF Champions, our grassroots fundraisers.  They come young and old, short and tall and they hold all types of events, ranging from bake sales to golf tournaments.  Some even run marathons.  Three recent stories particularly inspired us and we think they will inspire you too.  The actions of the Cabello and Zwick families and a group of friends in Long Island, NY, remind us that the fight against Parkinson’s comes in all shapes and sizes and that every donation makes a difference.

Do you want to plan an event to raise funds for the fight against Parkinson's disease?  Hold your event in April and participate in PDF's 30 in 30 Parkinson's Awareness Month Event Challenge!  PDF staff will help you plan your event, set up your personal fundraising page on our website and provide you with PDF materials.  Can YOU help PDF meet its goal of 30 events in 30 days in April 2011?

Lemonade Stand Supports PDF

The following is a letter received by PDF.

Cabello FamilyJune 14, 2010

Dear Parkinson’s Disease Foundation,

I just wanted to let you all know about something special my kids did. 
One Saturday in May, my children, Matthew, age 10 and Juliana, age eight and their friend, Canyon, decided to operate a lemonade stand in front of our house.

They had been outside for a while and had already needed a refill on the lemonade when I went out to check on them.  I was wearing my Parkinson’s Awareness Month T-shirt and they asked me about it.  So I explained what PDF was and a little about Parkinson’s disease. 

My son said, “Hey! That gives me an idea. Let’s donate the money we make to PDF to help Honey!”  (Honey is their Grandmother who has Parkinson’s).  They all agreed to donate it.  I was very proud of them and think it is a great thing to do with their money!

Please accept the donation of $20.40 from my children’s lemonade stand.

Thank you.
Rhonda Cabello

Thank you, Cabello family!

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Golfing for a Cure

On August 11, 100 golfers gathered at the Farms Country Club in Wallingford, CT, for the Fourth Annual Zwick Pro-Am.

Named for long-time club member Lenny Zwick, who lived with Parkinson’s for 25 years, the tournament featured 18 holes, a luncheon, a silent auction and an awards dinner.  Among the friends and family of Mr. Zwick who participated were his wife Susan, daughter Stacey and event organizer Dave Melillo.

The Pro-Am raised over $50,000 to benefit the research programs of PDF. 

Thank you Zwick family!

Fourth Annual Zwick Pro-Am

Mother and daughter, Susan (left) and Stacey Zwick with Dave Melillo at the Fourth Annual Zwick Pro-Am.

On June 22, over 100 friends of PDF gathered on the east end of Long Island, NY, for Tour for a Cure, choosing one of two festive events — 18 holes of golf or a tour of Long Island's finest wineries with the East End Wine Tasting.  Golfers and wine tasters reunited for a buffet dinner, raffles, a silent auction and an awards ceremony — raising nearly $25,000 for PDF’s programs. 

Thank you Long Island supporters!

Tour for a Cure

From left: Brett Joshpe, Jeff Radov, PDF Executive Director Robin Elliott and Josh Bernstein.

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