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Fulfilling Roy’s Wish: Work of a PDF Champion

In each of the next several issues of PDF News & Review, we will be highlighting one or more of our PDF Champions — individuals, families and organizations that have chosen to raise funds for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) through such activities as hosting a bowling party, running a marathon or simply creating a fundraising webpage through our website, The much-needed and appreciated revenue that is raised by these outstanding individuals helps us to continue funding important research to find the causes of and a cure for Parkinson’s disease, while providing education and advocacy programs to the Parkinson’s disease community.

In this issue, we recognize the touching story and good works of PDF Champion Kathleen Nothhelfer of Orland Park, Illinois. In November 2005, Kathleen’s son, Roy L. Warner III, was killed in a car accident at just 20 years of age.

It was Roy’s wish in life to find a cure for Parkinson’s for his grandmother, Helen Reed, who has lived with the disease for several years. To honor her son’s determination, Kathy and her family created the Roy’s Wish Golf Outing and Dinner, a day of family golf, food and fun to benefit PDF. In June 2006, friends, family and community members joined Kathy for the first event to help raise over $10,000 to support PDF’s research, education and advocacy programs.

“I chose PDF because it is a leading Parkinson’s organization funding promising research to find the cure for Parkinson’s,” Kathy explained. “I feel deeply that even though Roy is no longer with us physically, he would want others to continue his mission to fight Parkinson’s — and PDF Champions gives us all a way to join in his fight.”

After this success, Kathy decided to make Roy’s Wish an annual event. This July 11, people will once again gather at the Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park, Illinois, to honor Roy’s memory and help fulfill his wish to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

“Roy was an amazing son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend to those lucky enough to have known him,” Kathy shared with us. “He had a heart of gold and always wanted to help those in need.”

To learn more about this event or the PDF Champions program, contact PDF’s development department at (800) 457-6676 or email

PDF congratulates and thanks our Champions. Together, these volunteers have raised nearly $100,000 to support the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation!

Team ‘Tater for Parkinson’s 2007
Charles Alkire
Lesley Bitters
Terry Bosse
John and Linda Boywid
Chuck Boywid
Bridget Doxtater
Thomas Doxtater
Christian Kime
Jim Kinate
Sarah Kinate
Jeane and Terry Moeller
Barbara Rey
Jennifer Tryzna
Gerry Widener

Individual Fundraisers
Kevin’s Clan
Mr. & Mrs. Keith Beale and Family
Andy Boquet Memorial Racquetball Tournament/ Jeremy Nelms
Troop 12, Boy Scouts of America/Paula Whitlock
California Central Valley Businessman’s Association
Keith Cichlar
John Consolazio
Amber Duval
Encore Restaurant Group/Chris Meibers
Kathy Foley
Forties Limited of Orange County/James Gilliland
Timothy Fulkerson
Johnny Garcia
Clara Gordon
Kimberly and Gregory Hamil
Hancock Survey Associates
Randi Jacobs
Jennifer Liston
Chelsea Lutz
Lisa Miller
Lewis Moore III
Kathleen Nothhelfer
Stan Olson
Rob Pantano
Alexis’ Fight for a Cure/Alexis Plazyk
Nan Ramsey
James Rolke
Simply Social Events
Sarah Stage
Rachel Thompson
United Federation of Teachers/Aminda Gentile
The Valley Table/Janet Crawshaw
Diane Vajgrt
Audrey Winthrop
Paul Witherspoon

*List as of May 2007