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Family to Host Pucks for Parkinsonís Fundraiser in Abington, MA, in Memory of Father on Saturday, April 12

Abington, MA, resident Lynne Dietenhofer is taking a slapshot at Parkinson’s this April in recognition of Parkinson’s Awareness Month. She is hosting “Pucks for Parkinson’s” at the Knights of Columbus on 254 Hancock Street on Saturday April 12, from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM to benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) in honor of her late father who lived with the disease.

Ms. Dietenhofer, her brother Scott and her sister-in-law Julie, of Holbrook, MA, were inspired to organize the hockey-themed dinner in memory of her late father George, who was an avid fan of the sport. They say their experiences as his care partners especially motivated them to help make a difference for others affected by the disease.

“It broke my heart a little more each day witnessing the effects of Parkinson’s disease on my father, who had a heart of gold and was nicknamed ‘The Gentle Giant,’” says Ms. Dietenhofer. “If we can raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease so that other people don't have to go through what George did, then we have been successful.”

Working with the PDF Champions program, the grassroots fundraising arm of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the Dietenhofers hope to exceed their $500 fundraising goal. With support from family and friends, they expect more than 100 guests to attend the event. It will feature a buffet dinner, live music, dancing, a silent auction and several types of raffle prizes, including sports memorabilia.

PDF President Robin Elliott added, “We are grateful for PDF Champions like the Dietenhofers, who are dedicated to funding the most promising research and raising awareness about the impact of Parkinson’s. Their efforts will help PDF improve the lives and futures of the nearly one million people across the country living with Parkinson’s.”

To support the Dietenhofers’ fundraising efforts, visit their personal fundraising page at For more information, contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, or

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.


Source Date: Mar 31 2014