Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Millions of people worldwide will recognize April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month and supporters of Putting for Parkinson’s are working hard to make their contribution on a local level.
Putting for Parkinson’s started five years ago in hopes of helping find a cure for Parkinson’s and to honor Coach Tim Touchberry, a long time teacher, coach, and athletic director in Dorchester Two schools who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2003. Money raised through the event goes to support research that is being done at The Murray Center at MUSC.
The 2013 Putting for Parkinson’s is scheduled for April 27 at Legend Oaks Golf Club and event organizers are encouraging everyone to support the cause by becoming a sponsor, donating an auction or raffle item, golfing, attending the dinner and auction, and/or spreading the word.
Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder that is chronic and progressive. It affects many at both the local and national level.
Nearly one million Americans are living with Parkinson’s.Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and this number does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected.Seven to 10 million people worldwide are estimated to be living with Parkinson’s disease.Incidence of Parkinson’s increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with Parkinson’s are diagnosed before the age of 50.Although promising research is being conducted at places like The Murray Center, there is currently no cure for or definitive cause of Parkinson’s disease. That’s why Putting for Parkinson’s is continuing this April to raise awareness and funds for a cure.
For more information on this year’s event, visit www.PuttingForParkinsons.com or contact email info@PuttingForParkinsons.com.