Parkinson's Disease is a debilitating, progressive disease of the nervous system that afflicts more than one-million Americans. On October 21st, in an effort to battle Parkinson's, Park Optimists Miami and The Brain Center hosted the Putaway Parkinson's Tennis Tournament at Coral Oaks Tennis Club in Pinecrest. The presenting sponsor was Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.
The doubles round-robin tennis tournament was dedicated in memory of Richard Morrison, the former managing partner at Weil's Miami office. Richard did not have Parkinson's Disease, yet he donated generously to Parkinson's charities. "Every time I asked Richard for a donation, he couldn't get me the money fast enough. Richard would give you the shirt off his back. Richard was a wonderful human being," said Joe Glick, Park Optimist Miami President, and one of Richard's close friends.
Over 100 people participated in the day’s activities. Joe Glick, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s five years ago and had it for 10-15 years before that, is an avid tennis player and enthusiast. He was the organizer, along with his wife Sharon. “While everyone is talking about a cure, we need to help people who have it now and are suffering every day. The tournament is a way to raise money while having fun. We expect to raise about $30,000 for the cause.”
Glick thanked Coral Oaks Tennis Club for donating all 12 courts for the event. The funds will go to activities, therapy and support for those suffering with Parkinson’s. Joe, himself, remains hopeful. “My left leg got too bad about four months ago, so I can’t play tennis right now. But, I plan on getting back out there soon.”
You can support the organization and help people in our community by donating at <http://www.putawayparkinsonstennis.com/donate.html>