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Brian Grant Foundation to Partner in Global 10.10.10 Challenge in Fight Against Parkinson's Disease - 07/11/18

Organizations uniting to fund research, provide caregiver education and improve quality of life for those with Parkinson’s

Portland, Ore. (July 11, 2018)- The Brian Grant Foundation (BGF) is pleased to announce a partnership with Pushups4Parkinsons for the global 10.10.10 Challenge. The movement is an effort to challenge the world to do 100 million push-ups and raise $100 million in 6 months (10 push-ups and $10 at a time) to find a cure for Parkinson's, support and educate caregivers, and improve quality of life for those living with the disease. 

BGF unites with The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Parkinson's Foundation, Caregiving 101, Relias Academy, Parkinson's Queensland and other organizations in promoting the campaign, already underway. 

PushUps4Parkinsons, organized by the Cutler Foundation, originally began as founder Evan Cutler's personal push-up challenge of 100 every day for life, to honor his father Keith during his courageous 14-year journey with Parkinson's, and mother Arleen, dedicated caregiver. With some quick math from the help of his son Jonah, they realized that if Evan continued this push-up movement every day until the age of Keith’s passing, 74, he would reach 1,000,000 push-ups.

"If I can do one million push-ups, and I will, then we should be able to get the rest of the world to do 100 million! And while we're at it, let’s raise 100 million dollars," said Cutler.

The project quickly gained attention within the Parkinson's and caregiver communities, and expanded to a movement with potential impact on a global scale. Now known as the 10.10.10 Challenge, participants are encouraged to record and share a video or pic of themselves doing 10 pushups, give $10 at www.my101010.org, and challenge and tag 10 friends do the same.

Global Challenge Day events are being planned for October 10th of this year, with the goal of uniting people around the world to simultaneously do push-ups at 10:10am. The goal? To enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the most push-ups at one time. 

"We’re going to engage the world to have some fun and improve our health, all while providing funding to educate, enrich and improve the lives of caregivers and those with Parkinson's," says Cutler. 

As a valuable resource to family and professional caregivers, our partner, Relias Academy, is offering free Parkinson's education courses to families and professionals to improve the level of care provided to those with Parkinson’s around the world. Please visit Relias Academy to access these free online courses.

"We’re delighted to join this global movement to support the Parkinson’s community," said Katrina Kahl, executive director of the Brian Grant Foundation. "Our mission is to improve the well-being of people with Parkinson's through exercise and nutrition. The 10.10.10 Challenge is a great way for us to advance our mission while also supporting the work of the many other incredible organizations around the world."

Brian Grant Foundation: Founded in 2010, the Brian Grant Foundation provides tools to improve the well being of people with Parkinson's. BGF's programs focus on exercise and nutrition to help people with Parkinson's manage their symptoms, improve their overall health and prevent other serious illnesses. Learn more at www.briangrant.org.

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For more information, or to get involved today, please visit www.pushups4parkinsons.org or find us on Facebook.

 

 

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Brian Grant Foundation and Maurice Lucas Foundation Team Up For Red v Blk Basketball Game on August 18 (Photo) - 07/09/18

Local nonprofits to hold their first annual charity basketball game to benefit people with Parkinson’s and under-served youth

PORTLAND, Ore. – Hoops fans who are missing basketball during the off-season will have their chance to see some great action on Aug. 18 as the Brian Grant Foundation (BGF) and Maurice Lucas Foundation (MLF) host their first annual "Red v Blk" Charity Basketball Game on Aug. 18 at Portland State University.

The fun event will bring together two local charities to increase awareness of their efforts, celebrate their NBA legacies and raise funds for the great work they do in the Portland community.

The game will take place at the new 3,000-seat Viking Pavilion at 930 S.W. Hall St. Reserve and general admission tickets are available for $10-$25. Courtside and suite tickets are also available for $150. To purchase tickets go to https://portlandstate-new.universitytickets.com.

Doors will open at noon. The four-quarter game will run 1-3 p.m. The game will feature local celebrities; former Portland Trail Blazer, professional and college players; and coaches. 

Attendees will also have the opportunity to win a Mercedes-Benz car by sinking a half-court shot at halftime. There will also be food, raffles, prizes and a deejay.

The foundations will donate about 1,500 tickets to local nonprofits, schools and other organizations to support the Portland community.

"I’m honored to be mentioned in the same sentence as Maurice Lucas and to be a part of a fun-filled charity event involving our two organizations," said Brian Grant, former NBA player and founder of the Brian Grant Foundation. "Bringing together these two foundations is a great way to collaborate to support our local community. We are all in this together."

"Our two foundations have different missions but, at the core, are similar. We both want to help others," said David Lucas, son of former NBA player Maurice Lucas and executive director of the foundation named in honor of his late father.

"I’ve known Brian Grant for almost 20 years," Lucas added. "He reminds me a lot of my father. They both established a reputation in the NBA for being tough, tenacious and hard working. They both later used those same attributes off the court to help others. We’re honored to join with Brian and his foundation to serve our community."

Dark Horse Entertainment and V&B Philanthropy are the lead sponsors of the event. Additional sponsors include Big Town Hero, Directors Mortgage, Jordan Brand, Mercedes-Benz of Portland, Portland Trail Blazers and Nike.

Brian Grant Foundation: Founded in 2010, the Brian Grant Foundation provides tools to improve the well being of people with Parkinson’s. BGF's programs focus on exercise and nutrition to help people with Parkinson's manage their symptoms, improve their overall health and prevent other serious illnesses. Learn more at www.briangrant.org.

Maurice Lucas Foundation: The Maurice Lucas Foundation helps under-served children learn, achieve, grow and build positive values by providing education and activity-based, after-school programs. The foundation is named in honor of Maurice Lucas (1952-2010), the starting forward for the 1977 NBA Champion Portland Trail Blazers. Lucas gave selflessly of his time and energy to Portland youth and charitable organizations. Soon after his untimely death, the Lucas family started the foundation to carry on his legacy of service. Learn more at www.ml20.org.

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Aug. 18: "Red v Blk" Charity Basketball Game, Viking Pavilion at 930 S.W. Hall St. in Portland. Reserve and general admission tickets $10-$25. Courtside and suite tickets $150. https://portlandstate-new.universitytickets.com. Doors open at noon. Game will run 1-3 p.m. Local celebrities; former Portland Trail Blazer, professional and college players; and coaches. Organized by the Brian Grant Foundation (BGF) and Maurice Lucas Foundation (MLF).