By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Shelton Hollers is a perfectly healthy 33-year-old man, but he thinks a lot about those suffering from Parkinson’s disease and other debilitating illnesses. In fact, he’s on the run to find a cure for Parkinson’s.
Hollers, a sales director for an event management business, is one of hundreds of people taking part in the Rock 'n' Roll Brooklyn 10K, a charity race set to take place in Prospect Park on October 12. Sponsored by the Parkinson’s disease Foundation (PDF), the goal of the race is to raise money for research into a cure for the disease.
Hollers, who lives in Bay Ridge and has a passion for running, said he decided to add a charity component to his exercise to make it more meaningful.
“I enjoy being able to contribute to a cause I believe in through my athletic efforts,” Hollers said. “I know Parkinson’s is a serious disease that needs more research. By running this 10K, I want to raise awareness not only about Parkinson’s, but of how PDF helps people living with the disease,” he said.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly 1 million people in the U.S. There is currently no cure for the disease.
Working with the PDF Champions program, the grassroots fundraising arm of the Parkinson’s disease Foundation, Hollers has exceeded his $500 fundraising pledge. He said he hopes to continue garnering support as he gears up for the 10K next month.
The Oct. 12 event in Prospect Park will feature live music along the route.
“We admire the efforts of Mr. Hollers, who is working to improve the lives and futures of those touched by Parkinson’s. By running for our cause, he is not only raising awareness about the impact of Parkinson’s disease, but funding the most promising research to help reach the finish line for a cure,” PDF President Robin Anthony Elliott said.
To support Hollers’ fundraising efforts, visit his personal fundraising page at https://support.pdf.org/sheltonhollers. For more information or to join PDF’s team in the Brooklyn 10k, contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, [email protected] or www.pdf.org
Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated $100 million to fund the work of scientists throughout the world and $42 million to support education and advocacy programs, Elliot said.