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PDF Champion Hosts Second Annual Parkinsonís Smokeout in Honor of Friend From Thursday, April 3 to Saturday, April 5 in Evansville, IN

Evansville, IN, native Robert Morphew is inviting his community to a barbecue party in recognition of Parkinson’s Awareness Month. He is hosting the Second Annual Parkinson’s Smokeout at Tropicana Evansville from Thursday, April 3 to Saturday, April 5 to benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF).

The event features a sanctioned barbecue competition, which invites pitmasters and teams from across the country. In addition to food and local businesses, the public can enjoy live blues music and a silent auction. Mr. Morphew, 35, is a barbecue business owner. He was inspired to organize the Smokeout in honor of his friend who lives with young onset Parkinson’s disease.

“I knew I had to do something to raise funds to help end Parkinson’s, after my best friend, who I grew up with, was diagnosed at age 33,” says Mr. Morphew. “With the Smokeout, we are also spreading awareness in our community and shedding light on what Parkinson’s really is and how devastating it can be.”

Working with the PDF Champions program, the grassroots fundraising arm of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Mr. Morphew hopes to raise more than $10,000 after the success of last year’s event. Thousands of guests are expected to attend the three-day event, which will also feature an educational Parkinson’s Pavilion on Saturday, April 5 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM. Led by Evansville resident Karen Smith, a member of PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council, the pavilion will feature presentations by Parkinson’s experts and educational resources.

PDF President Robin Elliott added, “We are grateful for PDF Champions like Mr. Morphew, who are dedicated to funding the most promising research and making a difference this Parkinson’s Awareness Month. His efforts will help PDF improve the lives and futures of the nearly one million people across the country living with Parkinson’s.”

To support Mr. Morphew’s fundraising efforts, visit his personal fundraising page at http://support.pdf.org/pdsmokeout. For more information, contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, info@pdf.org or www.pdf.org.

About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s.

About the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson's disease research, education and public advocacy. We are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson's disease by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson's disease through educational programs and services. 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.

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Source Date: Mar 27 2014