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Sunday, September 11, 2011
Pat Younts Vs. Parkinson's Disease
I've been a bit lax in my blogging. The last couple months have been really busy for my wife and me. We just celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary and have been doing a kitchen remodel. This is a testament to the wonderful marriage we have that we are able to go through this remodel and still stay together.
The thing that has really consumed all of our time has been something that I've been planning since the day of my diagnosis; to start a nonprofit fundraising organization to do my part in the battle against Parkinson's Disease. After several months of filling out paperwork, Pat Younts Vs. Parkinson's Disease, LLC, nonprofit (501c3 pending IRS approval ) was started.
Last year we held the First Annual PY Versus PD Golf Tournament to benefit the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. It was a great success, but we could have have done a lot more if it were not for the restrictions we encountered by not having nonprofit status. My family and I were inspired by the tremendous support we received for our first fundraising attempt and with that came responsibility. As a former gym owner, I promoted many powerlifting and bodybuilding competitions. These were very large and complex productions. My family and I learned what it took to be successful event promoters. The experience and knowledge we have acquired over the years as event promoters will now be used to help battle Parkinson's Disease. We are just a small mom-and-pop fundraiser that wants to see a world without PD. If you are in the northern Virginia area on October 15 and just happen to have golf clubs with you, we would love to have you tee it up with us and take a big swing at curing this disease. (patyountsvsparkinsonsdisease.com)