It is time to kick off the fall with a special fundraising event, Kickin' Parkinson's, to benefit the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Our Kickin' Parkinson's fundraiser on Thursday, 9/18 at Stone Creek Club and Spa in Covington, features the Bucktown Allstars, open bar, food from the best Northshore restaurants and a silent auction. Following on Friday 9/19 is the 5k Twilight Run.
Since my brother-in-law, Quentin Dastugue, was diagnosed with this disease, we have joined together for the third year as one of over 1600 Team Fox members from around the country to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation in their efforts dedicated to finding a cure. We raised over $55,000 at our event last year and our goal is to raise $100,000 this year, with your help.
I have created "Ken's Challenge" - in which I will match all funds raised up to $100,000. This should demonstrate how serious I am about supporting The Michael J Fox organization in discovering a cure for this disease.
I hope that you will consider joining me - Global Wildlife, Chuck and Laurie Carey - Jim Carey Distributing, Clear Chanel and Lamar by being a sponsor or purchase tickets for the Fundraiser. I also encourage you to visit our website, www.kickinparkinsons.com and check out our Facebook page to learn more.
Over five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's disease (PD) - a chronic degenerative neurological disorder whose symptoms typically progress from mild tremors to complete physical incapacitation. In the United States, 60,000 new cases of PD will be diagnosed this year alone. While the average age of onset is 60, an estimated five to 10 percent of people with PD experience onset at age 40 or younger.
There is no known cure for Parkinson's disease. Currently available treatments temporarily mask symptoms while the disease continues to progress. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda that has funded more than $450 million since 2000.
I hope that you can join us for the 2014 fundraiser. Thank you in advance for your generous support as we strive toward the finish line on the fast track to a cure.
Checks should be made payable to: Kickin' Parkinson's and mailed to 4141 Veterans Blvd., Suite 300, Metairie, LA 70002. Or you may pay with a credit card at www.kickinparkinsons.com.