Students at the University of Virginia are gearing up for the 9th Annual UVA Pancakes for Parkinsonís event on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Stop by the South Lawn near Homer Statue between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to get your fix of this breakfast staple.
The idea for this event first started in 2004 when Mary McNaught Yonkman (Col í06) wrote about pancakes in her admissions essay to UVA. Since then, the event has grown into an annual production on campus that has garnered more than $150,000 for Parkinsonís research; whatís more, college campuses and communities across the country have adopted Pancakes for Parkinsonís as their fundraising event. In total, our Pancakes for Parkinsonís events have raised more than $1-million for Team Fox.
This yearís co-chairs of UVA Pancakes, Colette Martin and Bradley Whitwell, have been involved with the event for a few years. Neither of them have a personal connection to Parkinsonís, but that never stopped them from getting involved. Brad recalls, ďHaving a personal connection shouldnít be the only reason to get involved. Obviously the people that do are invested and are amazing contributors, but I think the issue itself is important enough that Colette and I both believe being a part of Pancakes is just as fulfilling for us. While I donít have a personal connection, Iíve been a part of this organization for four years and have met countless people with a connection. Iíve seen the impact weíre having and that is a big inspiration in itself.Ē
Visit their website to learn more about the event and how you can get involved.