Our inaugural Team Kopacz golf tournament was our means of communicating that I was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s and that we are ready to join the fight for a cure. The support we received in our ‘rookie’ year advocating for Parkinson’s research is very humbling but also extremely motivating. Our sophomore campaign is schedule for July 19th, 2019 at Rum River Hills.
In 2019 we will be supporting the Michael J Fox Foundation and the University of MN Foundation with our 2nd Annual Team Kopacz golf tournament. Both foundations have supported us as we worked through the uncertainty of a young onset PD diagnosis but more importantly we share the common goal of curing PD. Our goals for Team Kopacz haven’t changed much in the last year but our expectations have grown exponentially!
Why are we partnering with two foundations?
The Fox Foundation has introduced us to other people that share a diagnosis of PD but also are pushing every day for a cure. On our website I put together a running challenge to get me through the year, see 500 mile page. I am planning on running at least 500 miles in preparation for the 2020 runDisney Dopey Challenge. If you are not a golfer, this is another way to support out mission.
The University of MN Foundation approached us to share our story at the Diamond Awards we knew this was an opportunity to support the Neurology team that took us step by step through a tough diagnosis, but we never expected that our story would impact so my people! Since the Diamond Awards we have been working with the foundation to schedule a meeting to discuss future research and funding needed.
Partnering with Team Kopacz:
Building meaningful relationships is critical to our mission. It truly takes a 'Team' to achieve the goal of finding a cure for Parkinson's Disease. Your support motivates Jason more than he can express! We look forward to strengthening current and building new relationships that are motivated by our efforts to slow the disease and bring awareness to the daily grind of having PD. The 2019 sponsorship levels can be found on our partners page of our website.
Silent Auction/Raffle Items:
Can we top last year! Last year we had a trip to Europe, a furnace and air conditioning, MN Twins Champions tickets, a variety of theme baskets, gift cards…It was amazing. If you are interested please look at the details on our website (our partner’s tab). Contact Kristi Kopacz (612-799-3636 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you are interested in helping out the day of the event please contact Cindy Kopacz (email@example.com)
Thanks for supporting our journey. To be clear we are fighting a tough opponent but we remain optimistic that if we win today there may be a cure tomorrow!
Exercise is the only countermeasure to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease. Our journey started in July of 2014 when Jason was diagnosed with PD at the age of 36. Since that day we have been living an extremely active life style. This blog will be mainly focused on the activities that support the day to day changes PD throws at us!