Bryan Williams via Crowdrise
March 09, 2012
BENEFITING: Parkinson Alliance, Inc
ORGANIZER: Parkinson Alliance, Inc
EVENT: Honda LA Marathon 2012
EVENT DATE: Mar 18, 2012
Bryan wrote -
Hey all, I'm Bryan Williams, a grad student in Chemistry at UCLA, an avid Ultimate player, and an eater with a running problem.
Just over three years ago, after training my running shorts off, I received the opportunity of a lifetime and qualified to run the Boston Marathon. That following spring, I headed to Boston to participate in one of the most prestegious athletic events us non-Olympian folk can enter in to. My parents and grandparents took the opportunity to fly out as well, mostly to watch me run, but partially to see some of my grandfather's side of the family (still based in the region of central western Maine). We met up with them for an afternoon for catching up, whereupon I first saw the effects that Parkinson's has on a person.
My grandfather's brother Bill was probably the oldest, most learned, and...well, least mischevious out of the four siblings. Always referred to as "Brother Bill," my few previous encounters with him gave me the impression of a kind, smart, and logical person; a man who carried an air of educated gravitas about him. However, seeing him on this day was a complete gut-check. While the physical symptoms were rough to witness, it was the deterioration of that solid mind that weighed heaviest on me that day. A man whose intellect had been one of his strengths had been taken by this disease, and it not only had taken its toll on him, but on his wife and those who had helped with his caretaking since the disease grabbed hold. I honestly remember thinking after we left that Brother Bill did not look like he'd make it through the next few months.
However, the Merrifields are a tenacious, stubborn lot, and Greatuncle Bill lost his battle with Parkinson's this past November, nearly 2.5 years after I saw him that day. While I've been planning on running this marathon for a few months now, it seemed like the right thing to do would be to run for Team Parkinson and raise funds in his honor and for all of those that have, are, or are going to be affected by Parkinson's Disease.
So this is for you, "Brother" Bill; where ever you are, I hope you're at peace.
Parkinson Alliance, Inc wrote -
Formed in 2000, Team Parkinson (TP) is a non-profit organization. Under the guidance of The Parkinson Alliance, the TP staff and volunteers work year round toward the goal of raising funds for research to find a cure for Parkinson's disease (PD).
Our mission is threefold and we need your help!
-To raise Parkinson’s disease awareness
-To empower people with PD to take charge of their lives through exercise
-To raise money for research for a cure
Under the guidance of The Parkinson Alliance and the Parkinson's Unity Walk, we proudly guarantee that 100% of all net proceeds go directly to Parkinson's research.
TP is an official Charity of the Los Angeles Marathon and participates in races throughout the country including the San Francisco Marathon. Team Parkinson has been a presence in New York, Chicago, Orlando, Duluth, Big Sur, San Diego, Sacramento and other cities as well, and continues to look for more running events in which to participate.
For more information, please contact Team Parkinson directly: