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Personal Trainer to Run Half Marathon in Honor of Mother
Chad Moir of Seymour, CT, is on the run for Parkinson’s research. He is running 13.1 miles on Sunday, March 16 in the 2014 New York City Half Marathon in memory of his late mother who lived with young onset Parkinson’s disease.
Mr. Moir, 29, works as a personal trainer. With a goal of completing a full marathon someday like his father, he was inspired to dedicate his first half marathon to benefit PDF in his mother’s honor.
“My mother struggled with symptoms for many years before she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. By raising money in her honor, I hope that I can make a difference in someone else’s life with Parkinson’s and spread more awareness about the disease,” says Mr. Moir.
Second Annual Parkinson’s Smokeout Barbeque Event to Honor Best Friend Living with PD
Robert Morphew of Evansville, IN, is inviting his community to a barbeque party to help fight Parkinson’s. He is hosting the Second Annual Parkinson’s Smokeout at Tropicana Evansville from Thursday, April 3 to Saturday, April 5 with a goal of raising more than $10,000 to benefit PDF. The event features a barbeque competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and welcomes pitmasters and teams from across the country. In addition to barbeque food and local vendors, the public will also enjoy live blues music and a silent auction.
Mr. Morphew, a barbeque business owner who is passionate about the industry, was inspired to organize the Smokeout in honor of his friend who lives with young onset Parkinson’s disease.
“After my best friend who I grew up with, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 33, I knew I had to do something to raise funds to help end Parkinson’s,” 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.”
Thousands of guests are expected to attend the three day event, which will also feature educational presentations by local experts on Parkinson’s disease, including Karen Smith, a member of PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council.
Off-Roading Business Owner to Host Second Annual Shake, Rattle and Crawl Event for Parkinson’s Research
Dawn Judson of San Antonio, TX, is inviting her community to show off their vehicles at an outdoor four-wheeling adventure on Saturday April 12 through Sunday, April 13 as she hosts the second annual "Shake, Rattle and Crawl" at the Hidden Falls Adventure Park in Marble Falls, TX. In collaboration with her business Bikini Offroad, she hopes to exceed her fundraising goal of $8,000, in memory of her late father-in-law, John Judson, who lived with Parkinson's disease.
The event will also feature a scavenger hunt, a raffle and dinner. With vehicles ranging from ATVs and Jeeps to motorcycles and trucks, 150 guests attended and drove along the scenic trails at last year’s event, which raised $2,800 benefitting PDF.
“John was a loving husband, father of three children and grandfather of five grandchildren. He was a great man that did not let Parkinson’s disease define who he was. We would like to help in any way we can by hosting this event every year to raise funds for this great charity,” says Ms. Judson.
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