This summer, PDF has been especially inspired by our dedicated group of PDF Champions.
These grassroots fundraisers have truly put their passions — whether running, cycling, flying, hiking and hosting garage sales — to work to help PDF #EndParkinsons.
Here are their stories.
In late July, Stan flew his plane from Idaho to Iowa, raising $1,500 for PDF research programs. Not only that, he was interviewed by a local TV station in Oshkosh, WI, along the way. “I want to encourage everyone to keep moving, keep motivated and keep setting goals. Let’s beat this disease!” he said. See Stan’s television interview here.
Jamie Cycles 514 Miles for a Cure
Jamie Malam (photo two) cycled more than 514 miles over six days from San Francisco to Huntington Beach, CA in honor of his father-in-law who lives with PD. His wife Lucia supported him along the way and together, they raised more than $2,000 for PDF. “Every effort, no matter how big or small, helps make a difference,” says Mr. Malam.
A.C. and Family Paddle for PD
A.C. Woolnough of Sandpoint, ID, his grandson Nathan and other family members (photo three) Paddled for Parkinson’s this July raising more than $700. “I want to be the last generation living with Parkinson’s. I’m dedicating this kayaking adventure in memory of my late father,” said Mr. Woolnough, Vice Chair of PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council.
Rachel’s Ninth Summer Challenge
Nine-time Champion Rachel Isenberg (photo four) of Philadelphia, PA, hiked 12 miles and paddled more than 10 miles along the Maclaren Glacier and River in Alaska, bringing her fundraising total since 2008 to $32,000. “Being able to do this to honor my mom, who faces her disease with strength and grace, is incredible,” said Ms. Isenberg.
“While some people came only for the garage sale, we also met many folks who were touched in one way or another by Parkinson’s and came out specifically to support PDF.”
Join PDF Champions
Are you interested in helping PDF to #EndParkinsons? When you join PDF Champions, our team can help you create a personalized fundraising page and support you every step of the way.
Tip: Grandparents Day is coming up next month. Plan something special for a loved one.