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A Challenge to Raise $100,000 for Parkinson's

The Light of Day Foundation, established by Highland Park resident and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, will donate up to $100,000 to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation if the public can raise the same amount by Saturday.

Benjamin was 38 when he was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s in 1996.

Soon after, he created the Light of Day Foundation to fund research into the disease, for which there is no cure.

The foundation’s annual rock-and-roll concerts, which have featured dozens of well-known artists, have raised more than $1 million to support Parkinson’s organizations, including PDF.

Its mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer with Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life.

Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation received the PDF’s Page and William Black Humanitarian Award in 2010.

The PDF is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $90 million to fund the work of scientists throughout the world and over $37 million to support national education and advocacy programs.

Parkinson’s is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that affects between 1.5 million and 2 million Americans. It may appear at any age, but it is uncommon in people younger than 40, and the risk of developing it increases with age. It occurs in all parts of the world, and men are affected slightly more often than women.

To donate to the Light of Day Foundation Challenge, call 800-457-6676, email or visit

Source Date: Jun 26 2012
Source Publication: MyCentralJersey
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