Purple Community Blog

31 Jul 2019

MINI on the Mack 2019

Purple Community is gearing up for MINI on the Mack (MOTM) this coming Saturday, August 3! More than 1,300 MINI Coopers will gather on the Mackinac Bridge in an attempt to break the English-held world record for the largest MINI Cooper parade.

The Sharpe Collection has teamed up with Purple Community to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s disease research at Van Andel Institute. Our partnership with MOTM provides participants the option to set up a fundraising page for friends and family in support of our mission.

This event is a unique way to bring together a passionate community for a great cause and bring hope to those living with Parkinson’s and their loved ones. We asked our MINI friends to share their stories with us, of their individual journeys to MOTM.

Lori is thrilled to participate in her fourth MOTM. She has been a devoted “MINIAC” for 8.5 years and is on her second MINI, which goes by the name Moxie. This will be Moxie’s first trip across the Mackinac Bridge.

Lori tells us that one thing she absolutely loves about the MINI community is that they are such giving people. She has had the joy of traveling across the country participating in MINI events like this one and says that a love of fundraising for great causes and MINIAC’s goes hand in hand.

Lori’s journey to fundraising started with the passing of her beloved mom, who lost her fight against Parkinson’s disease in 2015 at the young age of 74. Her mother also lived with diabetes and dementia, which caused several complications in her diagnosis of Parkinson’s. Because of her tremors, she was unable to take her blood count or give herself insulin.

“It was heartbreaking to watch an otherwise crazy, fun-loving, outgoing individual lose her independence and eventually her life. As her power of attorney, I had to make heart wrenching decisions for her,” Lori said. “One was to amputate her leg … next was to tell her she could no longer live alone … then to tell her the assisted living we had hoped to place her in would not take her due to her inability to self-test and self-medicate, thus putting her in a full care facility. It was by far one of the hardest things I have ever endured.”

It was difficult for Lori to come to terms with the fact that she could no longer call her mom or stop by to visit, laugh and reminisce about the many memories they shared together. It took some time to see that her mom was in a better place, pain-free and happy once again.

As a devoted advocate for a cure, Lori made the decision to fundraise for this year’s MOTM. She hopes to make the most impact she can and has already surpassed her $200 goal. She is now aiming to raise $500. She can’t wait for another exciting trip to the UP this weekend, joined by Moxie and her supportive husband and co-pilot, Dave!

Learn more about MINI on the Mack by visiting here.