Detroit Free Press / TCF Bank Marathon Charity Partner Challenge

Detroit Free Press and TCF Bank Marathon Charity Partner Challenge infographic.

Since the Detroit Free Press / TCF Bank Marathon has gone virtual the marathon planning team has come up with some great unique ways to keep us all connected through everyone’s training! From September 21st through October 19th you can log all of your training miles via the Kilter Rewards app and earn points on their leaderboard to make the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s the #1 team! The winning team gets a $1,000 grand prize donation.

We have a great team so far with some of our charity runners and their friends & families that are keeping up their activity in support as well! That’s right – you don’t have to be registered for the race to participate in this fun challenge. There are also individual prizes as well.

You can sign up and get more details here:

This event is free to participate – make sure you choose the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s when you join the Detroit Marathon challenge!

Virtual 2020 Kirk Gibson Golf Classic Recap

From August 14-17, more than 200 golfers across the U.S. and Canada played a round of golf to support the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s in the first Virtual Kirk Gibson Golf Classic. Golfers tracked their scores through the 18 Birdies app, and Team Reynolds took first place coming in at 16-under. Team Gibson was tied for second at 11-under.

Over $135,000 was raised to go towards programs for Parkinson’s patients and research grants. Part of those funds came from our online auction which had some great items including a chance to Golf With Gibby, a tour of the New York Stock Exchange, an autographed Clayton Kershaw jersey, and more.

The golf weekend was wrapped up with a Zoom Q&A with Kirk Gibson, our Golf tournament winners, and a few of our participants that were chosen via random lottery. We had some great questions about life, baseball and MSU football.

While we look forward to gathering again in person in 2021, we have had a lot of interest in continuing our Virtual Kirk Gibson Golf Classic next year. If you’d like to be included in future notifications regarding the virtual and/or in-person events, please email us at

We thank you for your continued support.

Kirk Gibson & The Kirk Gibson Golf Classic Planning Team

Update | Everybody VS Parkinson’s (EvsP) in Grand Rapids, MI

virtual big and loud support for Parkinson's
parkinson's support group in Grand Rapids Michigan at Spectrum Health


The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s is proud to support these weekly sessions at Spectrum Health. The EvsP groups have been meeting weekly since 2018, helping LSVT BIG and LOUD patients continue the gains they have made and helping to maintain accountability among participants. The camaraderie is very important for those who participate, as they support each other in this work.

Having a virtual option has been very well-received, and the participants have adjusted wonderfully to the technology. We are all enjoying being “together” again!

Spectrum Health wishes to express our deep appreciation for the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s and all those who have generously supported this important program. Philanthropy has made these classes possible and in doing so, offered the Parkinson’s community the additional support of others who are walking this same journey. We are looking forward to being able to continue increasing the availability of these classes in the future.

Kerri Vryhof, MDiv., OTR
Occupational Therapist
Spectrum Health
Lea Norbotten, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Spectrum Health

2020 In Person Golf Classic Cancelled


2020 In Person Golf Classic Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that the 2020 Kirk Gibson Golf Classic, scheduled for August 17, will be held as a virtual event only. While we are disappointed to cancel our in person outing, we believe this is the most prudent decision at this time.

The Virtual Golf Outing will take place from August 14-17. Please join us for a round of golf from the course of your choice, and stay connected with us via the 18Birdies app. We will still hold our auction via online platform and all participants will receive access.

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to bringing back the traditional Kirk Gibson Golf Classic in 2021.