Parkinson’s Disease Awareness: Light Of Day.org Winterfest 2018 Benefit
Documentary · American Parkinson’s Assn. New Jersey · Parkinson.org
Michael J. Fox Foundation · MoreToParkinsons.com
The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the awesome power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases, specifically Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), within our lifetime. The Foundation’s mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those diseases, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life.
The concerts and the organization grew from a birthday party and fundraiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1996. Last year’s event raised $555,000 — a record amount.
On the radio side, longtime LOD concert host Tom Cunningham will host his Sunday morning “Bruce Brunch” program on 105.7 “The Hawk,” live from the Anchor’s Bend restaurant, in the Convention Hall/Paramount Theatre complex, with very special guests, on Jan. 15, starting at 9 a.m.
In October, Gold’s Gym in Howell, NJ, became the second location for BOXING FOR BOB Classes, FREE to Parkinson’s disease patients, with participation fully funded by the Light of Day Foundation. The full-body, non-contact boxing therapy workout ― which also utilizes strength training, flexibility and balance drills – continues at its original location, Gladiator’s Gym in Forked River, NJ, as well. Combined, the two locations are serving over 100 Parkinson’s patients with thrice-weekly instruction.
In 2016, the Foundation was able to proudly establish a $150,000 grant to the Parkinsons Disease Foundation, as well as host an incredibly successful matching grant drive with Cure PSP which raised an additional $200,000. CurePSP is the foremost organization working toward curing and preventing Parkinson’s related diseases such as CBD and PSP.