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Golf to benefit Parkinsonís patients

YORKSHIRE ó Yorkshire resident Robert Krawczyk has asked his community to take a swing at Parkinsonís disease. He is hosting a Fight Against Parkinsonís golf tournament, to benefit the Parkinsonís Disease Foundation on August 10, with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., at the Rolling Hills Golf Course in Chaffee.

Krawczyk, 66, is retired from a career in the credit industry. After Krawczyk was diagnosed with Parkinsonís disease, two years ago, a disease for which there is no cure, he said he became driven to get involved in the cause. He organized his first fundraising event around his love of golf.

ďI never expected to be diagnosed with Parkinsonís. Iím hosting this tournament to bring awareness to Parkinsonís and how debilitating this disease is and hopefully, to fund research that will find out what causes it,Ē Krawczyk explained.

Working with the PDF Champions program, the grassroots fundraising arm of the Parkinsonís Disease Foundation, Krawczyk said he expects to see more than 30 golfers tee off to help reach his $1,000 fundraising goal. The golf outing, which he said he hopes will grow into an annual event, will feature nine holes of golf, a raffle with gift baskets and certificates to local businesses, prizes and a buffet dinner.

The PDFís President, Robin Elliott said, ďWe are grateful for PDF Champions like Mr. Krawczyk, who are dedicated to funding the most promising research and raising awareness about the impact of Parkinsonís. His efforts to help PDF improve the lives and futures of the nearly one million people, across the country, living with Parkinsonís are inspiring.Ē

To register for the tournament, contact the Rolling Hills Golf Course at 496-5016. For more information or to donate to Krawczykís fundraising efforts, contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, or email or

Parkinsonís disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the United States. There is currently no cure for Parkinsonís.

The PDF is a national presence in Parkinsonís disease research, education and public advocacy. The organization is working for the people in the U.S. who live with Parkinsonís disease by funding scientific research and providing support. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated $100 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and $42 million to support education and advocacy programs.

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