The Greenville Area Parkinson Society (GAPS) is raising money for their biggest fundraiser of the year – Strike Out Parkinson’s. During the month of July, GAPS successfully raised over $10,000 during the Donor Match Challenge.
“An anonymous donor came to us with a $10,000 match, if we raised the same amount during the month of July. We put out the call to our members and supporters and they answered it even beyond our expectations. Even during this trying time, they still found a way to help us meet our goal,” said Ellison McCoy, GAPS board chair.
GAPS’ annual Strike Our Parkinson’s event is typically held in April during National Parkinson’s Awareness month. Due to COVID-19, the event has now moved virtual on September 5. This member-driven event is a celebration of what people with Parkinson’s can do. It’s an opportunity for the people of Greenville to participate in fun activities, learn more about the disease and see what various programs and services are available in our community.
“We cannot thank our supporters enough for their help in meeting the challenge. Our members are some of the most vulnerable with COVID-19 still on the rise. But, we didn’t want to cancel an event that is all about them. So, instead we will still be holding the same activities - it will just be virtually,” said Laryn Weaver, GAPS executive director.
GAPS successfully raised $14,477 during the month of July. Prior to the event on September 5, they are hoping to reach their ultimate goal of $100,000. For more information on the event or how you can donate visit gapsonline.org.
About Greenville Area Parkinson Society
The Greenville Area Parkinson Society (GAPS) is a local non-profit organization that offers support, education, and advocacy to people living with Parkinson’s Disease, their caregivers, spouses, and families. The organization is non-medical and non-research, focusing on individuals with PD and the people in their lives. We know firsthand that they all have unique experiences in living with PD.