Robert Morphew of Evansville will host The River Basin Blues & Barbecue Fest on April 5 & 6 as a member of Team Fox, benefiting The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF).
Robert aims to raise $10,000 or more to enable MJFF to continue aggressively funding research to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's disease.
He is hosting a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Sanctioned Contest to coincide with a Blues Concert and Beer Garden, to be located at Casino Aztar. There will also be a silent auction of donations from area businesses.
You can make your donations at the event or online at www.tinyurl.com/pdsmokeout
"I chose to host The River Basin Blues & Barbecue Fest as part of Team Fox because my very dear friend Tony Garrett was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson's, and I wanted to do something personally to further the Foundation's mission. They are funding cutting-edge research to bring meaningful advances in treatments and eventually a cure to people affected by this disease," said Robert.
Over five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's disease, a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder whose symptoms typically progress from mild tremors to complete physical incapacitation. In the United States, an estimated 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone. There is no known cure for Parkinson's disease. Current treatments mask symptoms but do not alter or slow disease progression.
Team Fox started in 2006 as the community fundraising division of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Currently, Team Fox has over 1500 active members and has raised more than $20 million toward accelerating a cure for Parkinson's disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition today. The Michael J. Fox Foundation, the largest private funder of Parkinson's Research, pursues its goals through an aggressively funded, highly targeted research program, and has invested more than $313 million in research to date.