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Pancake Dinner to Raise Money to Combat Parkinson's Disease

By Noah Clark, Staff Writer

Molly Riddick loved her grandmother.

Starting when she was 11-years-old, she has been taking steps to combat the disease that took away her grandmother by holding events to raise money for Parkinson's research.

Pancakes for Parkinson’s is today from 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 2102 N Herritage Street.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 2-10, and free for children under 2. All proceeds will go to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in memory of Molly’s grandmother, Patricia Anderson. Anderson passed away in 2011 after a 16-year battle with Parkinson's.

Molly’s mother, Mary Riddick, said her 17-year-old daughter started doing fundraisers for Parkinson’s six years ago. She said Molly has seen the effects of the disease first-hand, and wanted to spare others the same pain.

“Molly has watched what the family has gone through with it,” Riddick said. “She is doing everything she can to help raise money for it, because she’s seen what it’s done and she doesn’t want anyone else to have to go through that.”

The pancake dinner is in its third year, Riddick said. Previously, Molly raised money by doing a walk for Parkinson's.

In addition to the pancake dinner, Riddick said her daughter will also be selling baked goods and homemade jewelry.

Riddick said she is very proud of her daughter and her efforts.

“It has helped her develop a lot of leadership qualities,” Riddick said. “This was not something I suggested or my family suggested. She came up with it on her own, and it shows me that she really cares about people when they suffer and wants to make a difference.”

For more information, contact the church office at (252) 522-1921.

Source Date: Oct 11 2013
Source Publication: Kinston Free Press
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