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Golf to Benefit Parkinsonís Patients

Yorkshire resident Robert Krawczyk has asked his community to take a swing at Parkinson's disease. He is hosting a Fight Against Parkinson's golf tournament, to benefit the Parkinson's Disease Foundation on August 10, with a shotgun start at 8:30 AM, at the Rolling Hills Golf Course in Chaffee.

Krawczyk, 66, is retired from a career in the credit industry. After Krawczyk was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, two years ago, a disease for which there is no cure, he said he became driven to get involved in the cause. He organized his first fundraising event around his love of golf.

"I never expected to be diagnosed with Parkinson's. I'm hosting this tournament to bring awareness to Parkinson's and how debilitating this disease is and hopefully, to fund research that will find out what causes it," Krawczyk explained.

Working with the PDF Champions program, the grassroots fundraising arm of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Krawczyk said he expects to see more than 30 golfers tee off to help reach his $1,000 fundraising goal. The golf outing, which he said he hopes will grow into an annual event, will feature nine holes of golf, a raffle with gift baskets and certificates to local businesses, prizes and a buffet dinner.

The PDF's President, Robin Elliott said, "We are grateful for PDF Champions like Mr. Krawczyk, who are dedicated to funding the most promising research and raising awareness about the impact of Parkinson's. His efforts to help PDF improve the lives and futures of the nearly one million people, across the country, living with Parkinson's are inspiring."

To register for the tournament, contact the Rolling Hills Golf Course at 496-5016. For more information or to donate to Krawczyk's fundraising efforts, contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, or email info@pdf.org or www.pdf.org.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the United States. There is currently no cure for Parkinson's.

The PDF is a national presence in Parkinson's disease research, education and public advocacy. The organization is working for the people in the U.S. who live with Parkinson's disease by funding scientific research and providing support. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated $100 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and $42 million to support education and advocacy programs.

Source Date: Aug 04 2013
Source Publication: Springville Journal
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