Birdies Fore Parkinson’s Research Charity Golf Tournament

By: Liz Grimm
| Published 08/23/2019

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THE WOODLANDS, TX - Polish your golf clubs and make plans to take a swing for a cure at the 2019 Birdies Fore Parkinson’s Research charity golf tournament. Hosted by The Foundation For Neurological Disease Research and presented by Orthofix, the fundraiser is set for Monday, October 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Willow Creek Golf Club in Spring, TX.

In its fifth year, the Birdies Fore Parkinson’s Research tournament raises money for The Michael J. Fox Foundation and Texas Children's Hospital Neurological Research Institute. The event has cumulatively raised over $215,000, of which every dollar is dedicated directly toward research.

More than 50,000 Americans each year are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. An estimated 7 to 10 million people worldwide live with Parkinson's, Currently, there is no cure.

The Freeman Foundation For Neurological Disease Research is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating breakthrough research and supporting innovative scientific investigations for neurological brain disorders. It was founded by Tim Freeman, who as a healthy athlete and professional, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the young age of 49, just five years after losing his mother, Beth Freeman, to the disease.

After years of hosting events to spread awareness about Parkinson's Disease and raising funds to support Team Fox For Parkinson’s Research and The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Tim decided to launch the Freeman Foundation for Neurological Disease Research in April 2019.

“This is our first year that our tournament will also benefit the Freeman Foundation for Neurological Disease Research in addition to The Michael J. Fox Foundation,” said Freeman. “As I tell my friends and family, Parkinson’s has picked the wrong person to mess with, and I am fiercely dedicated to supporting research to defeat this horrible disease.

“Individual players as well as teams are welcome, and we are accepting sponsors and in-kind donations to help make this year’s tournament a huge success for an important cause.”

Zach Richmond, who serves as vice chair of the Foundation For Neurological Disease Research, added, “Parkinson’s disease has touched the lives of many people and their loved ones, and I know first-hand the devastating impact of learning a loved one has been diagnosed as my own father suffers from the disease. The community is encouraged to come out and support this worthwhile organization that is on a mission to fuel research efforts to end Parkinson’s. It’s truly a race against the clock, but we can help by driving together for this worthwhile cause through this fun golf outing.”

Sponsors to date include Orthofix, Medtronic, Assure Neuromonitoring, SentryNeuro, Richmond Realty Group, CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, US Anesthesia Partners, XO Biologics, Chick-fil-A, CorkScrew BBQ, Jackson Family Wines, and Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital.

For more information about the year’s Birdies Fore Parkinson’s Research charity golf tournament, visit www.ffndr.org/events or email events@ffndr.org.

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