Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Nationwide Auction Benefits American Parkinson Disease Association

APDA Georgia Chapter Hosts Exciting Online Auction in Conjunction with Local Golf Tournament

(Atlanta, GA) – Anyone, anywhere in the country can bid on an African safari for two, a seven-night stay at a villa in Hilton Head, SC, or 100+ other items and support the fight against Parkinson’s disease at the same time! The Georgia Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is hosting an online auction in conjunction with their upcoming Driving Parkinson’s Away Annual Golf Tournament. APDA is the country’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to Parkinson’s disease (PD) and through events like this, they work to Ease the Burden and Find the Cure for PD.

The golf tournament is May 9 at Smoke Rise Country Club in Stone Mountain, GA and registration is currently open. The online auction is running now through May 16 at 1 p.m. EST and is open to anyone.

“Every nine minutes there is a new diagnosis of PD,” states Eric Burkard, President, APDA Georgia Chapter Board of Directors. He continues, “In Georgia alone, approximately 20,000 people over the age of 60 are living with Parkinson’s disease and we are working tirelessly to support those living with PD now, and fund critical research to help put an end to this disease.”

Auction Item Highlights (see website for full list):
- Six-night African safari for two
- Seven-night stay in a villa in Hilton Head, SC
- Signed sports memorabilia including Atlanta Falcons’ helmets signed by Devonta Freeman, Julio Jones and Matt Ryan
- American history memorabilia
- Luxury gifts
- Music and entertainment items, and much more!

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive disease with no treatment, therapy, or drug to slow or halt its progression. “The funds raised through the online auction and golf tournament will enable APDA to continue providing information, education, and support to those impacted by Parkinson's disease and fund scientific research into the causes, prevention, treatments and ultimately the cure. Every dollar raised makes an important difference” states Burkard.

For more information, visit www.apdageorgia.org.

American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) was founded in 1961 with the dual purpose to Ease the Burden - Find the Cure for Parkinson’s disease.  In that time, APDA has raised and invested more than $87 million to fund research, patient services and education, and elevate public awareness.  As the country’s largest Parkinson’s grassroots organization, APDA is here to serve the more than one million Americans with Parkinson’s disease and their families through a nationwide network of Chapters, Information and Referral (I&R) Centers, and support groups.  APDA also funds Centers for Advanced Research and awards grants to fund the most promising research toward discovering the cause(s) and finding the cure for Parkinson’s disease.

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