Annual fundraiser goes virtual to help people with Parkinson’s gain the benefits of a healthy diet

Portland, Ore. (Oct 26, 2020) – Brian Grant Foundation (BGF) is hosting its third annual Plates for Parkinson’s event virtually on November 18, 2020 from 6:30-7:30pm PST. For the first time an audience from around the world will be able to cook together for Parkinson’s. The event, brought to you by Providence Brain & Spine Institute, will feature a guest chef and nutrition specialist to demonstrate how a healthy diet can improve the well-being of people with the disease. Registration is free at

Chef Kenny James, personal chef to Blazer greats Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, will feature a simple and healthy fall recipe. Naturopathic physician and certified nutrition specialist, Dr. Bethany Tennant will share information on how additional foods can be added to everyday meals to help boost the immune system and support a healthy lifestyle for people living with Parkinson’s.

“We’re excited to hold Plates for Parkinson’s virtually this year and reach a broader audience than we’ve been able to in the past. This event raises awareness of our programs which help improve the well-being of people living with the disease,” says Katrina Kahl, executive director of the Brian Grant Foundation. “We’re so thankful for Chef Kenny James and Dr. Bethany Tennant’s participation which allows the Parkinson’s community the opportunity to learn about healthy eating in a fun and supportive way.”

Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects cells in the brain that produce dopamine, a chemical messenger that helps to control movement. The outward signs of Parkinson’s may include tremors, slowness of movement, balance problems and rigidity. Though there is no cure for Parkin-son’s, research has shown that regular exercise, healthy eating and social connections are important for managing the condition and improving quality of life with the disease.


ABOUT BRIAN GRANT FOUNDATION Brian Grant Foundation provides tools to improve the well-being of people with Parkinson’s. BGF was founded in 2010 by former NBA player Brian Grant, who is living with the disease. Learn more about BGF’s programs at