Drive Toward a Cure has established a California Wildfire Grant Fund. The nonprofit group is seeking applicants for the fund who are California residents challenged by Parkinson’s Disease that have been affected by the fires and are in need of financial assistance.
Drive Toward a Cure has raised funds and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease research and patient care since 2016. Having made the state of California the home base for three of its signature fundraising ‘California Adventure’ rally events, the organization would like to give back specifically to Californian’s with Parkinson’s Disease that may have been affected by the devastating fires that have occurred. With a commitment to further assist in patient care, Drive Toward a Cure has earmarked up to $10,000 to assist those who are challenged by the disease and experiencing significant losses or exceptional expenses related to the recent California wildfire damage.
Donors can indicate that donations made to Drive Toward a Cure be directed to those who need support due to the wildfires, which will increase Drive Toward a Cure’s Wildfire grant fund.
While the magnitude of loss during the recent California fires can’t truly be quantified, the organization can begin to offer some assistance to those that face the added challenge of dealing with loss and the additional stresses on top of the day-to-day struggle of living with Parkinson’s Disease, according to Deb Pollack, founder of Drive Toward a Cure,
“Living with this disease is difficult enough during normal times; and now, for those patients affected by the devastation of wildfires it is incumbent upon our organization to step in where we can and offer assistance,” Pollack said. “Though the monetary value of these grants is only a start, we hope that this token can make a meaningful difference to those challenged by Parkinson’s and will encourage others to continue to help us seed these efforts.”
Applications for grands can be found at www.drivetowardacure.org/wildfire.