Purple Community Blog

25 Feb 2019

Making the Turn Against Parkinson’s Scholarship

In 2004, Todd Gardner was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease at the age of 41. After his family came to terms with his diagnosis they banded together to make a positive impact. Todd and his wife Brenda founded the nonprofit Making the Turn Against Parkinson’s. Their organization tied Todd’s passion for golf with fundraising efforts that benefit local Parkinson’s patients and organizations.

Since the founding of Making the Turn Against Parkinson’s they have raised more than $134,000 to make a difference for those who have been impacted by Parkinson’s disease.

As a Purple Community Team Hope Chicago Marathon runner, Brenda raised funds to benefit Parkinson’s research conducted at Van Andel Institute. She ran to honor her husband and give hope to others who are going through a similar experience.

If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, we urge you to consider applying for the Making Turn Against Parkinson’s $5,000 Scholarship Award. The goal of their scholarship program is to engage young adults entering college to take an active role in the fight against Parkinson’s now and in their future careers.

The scholarship is open to Michigan residents who have been directly impacted by Parkinson’s disease in their family. This is a wonderful opportunity to support the fight and get engaged with a great organization. Applications are due March 1. Please visit their website to learn more about their great work and the scholarship requirements.