In case you missed our exciting news, The Brian Grant Foundation (BGF) has formed the first-ever Portland to Coast Relay Team made up of a diverse group of people living with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones. Parkinson’s disease is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, impacting over 10 million people of all ages, backgrounds, and identities. BGF is determined to show the diversity in the Parkinson’s community and to share the stories and voices of those who are living with this disease but are often underrepresented in research and advocacy.
Together, we’ll be trekking 130 miles from Portland to Seaside on August 26 and 27, 2022. Six of us are living with Parkinson’s disease, a movement disorder that impacts balance and coordination, causes slowness of movement, muscle stiffness, and tremors. Our team includes women, people of color, single parents, and people with young onset Parkinson’s disease. The other six team members are care partners, loved ones or advocates. The team is being led by BGF’s founder and former NBA icon, Brian Grant.