Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s Issues 2021 Grants

The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s has issued grants in 2021 to the following organizations and programs:

Michigan Parkinson Foundation

The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s issued a grant to the Michigan Parkinson Foundation allocated to continue their respite care program. The respite care program assists families for in-home personal care so caregivers in Michigan can tend to their own needs. The respite care program is projected to help 126 Michigan families in 2022.

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s gave a grant to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) to support projects focused on accelerating a cure and addressing challenging symptoms of the disease. MJFF is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.

Spectrum Health Foundation

The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s issued a grant to the Spectrum Health Foundation to be used for the continuation of the EVSP® Big & Loud Program through 2022. You can learn more about the program here.

Perfect 33 Foundation

The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s issued a grant to the Perfect 33 Foundation to be used to support current service members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

Uncorked Adventures NP
The long walk for parkinson's logo

The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s issued a grant to Uncorked Adventures NFP to support the Long Walk For Parkinson’s to create awareness of Parkinson’s Disease.

Detroit Free Press Marathon Recap

On the weekend of October 15-17, 2021 over 50 runners took to the streets of Detroit for the Detroit Free Press Marathon on behalf of the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s Team 23! Over $17,000 has been raised towards the fight against Parkinson’s Disease, and you can still support our runner’s fundraising efforts through October 31, 2021 via the GivenGain platform.

Congratulations to all of our runners! Some personal milestones included:

  • Theresa F. qualified for the Boston Marathon!
  • Debra G. ran her first half-marathon! She also completed the 5k and 1M run to complete the Wonder Challenge!
  • Haley F. ran a half-marathon PR!
  • Jamen S. completed his first in-person full marathon!
  • Tim G. ran his first 5k!
  • Bill B. – not only ran his 3rd marathon this October – but he also completed a 670 mile walk across the UK to raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease in September. 

We are so thankful for our Team 23 runners for making this event so special! If you have any questions about Team 23 events, or have an idea for a fundraiser please email team23@kirkgibsonfoundation.org

Thank you to our race shirt sponsor The Corner Studio for the fantastic running shirts!

If you want to make a donation to support the fight against Parkinson’s you can do so at any time here.

A Recap of the Fifth Annual Kirk Gibson Golf Classic

Kirk Gibson Colf Classic 2021 Recap main photo.

The Fifth Annual Kirk Gibson Golf Classic was held on August 23, 2021 at the Wyndgate Country Club in Rochester Hills, Michigan. More than 170 golfers came together to raise over $400,000 for Parkinson’s Research and Programs.

Kirk Gibson and Tom Izzo led the crowd in a team meeting before tee-off, and David “Boomer” Wells was our live auctioneer. Great auction items included a set of signed baseballs from every MLB team, a custom Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s cornhole set, sports memorabilia, trips and more. Dave Rozema threw BP at the driving range for the lucky auction winners who bid on the experience.

The event was also attended by Parkinson’s advocates Bill Bucklew, Jim Kroeger, and Kevin Murray.

Save the date! The Sixth Annual Kirk Gibson Golf Classic will be on Monday, August 22, 2022 at the Wyndgate Country Club in Rochester Hills, MI. Please email golf@kirkgibsonfoundation.org with any questions.

Check out photos from the event HERE!