Drive Toward a Cure: Cars, Stars, and a Cause Come Together for Parkinson's Awareness

Drive Toward a Cure: Cars, Stars, and a Cause Come Together for Parkinson's Awareness

TGR Staff - 02/13/2024

On April 18, 2024, the National Automobile Museum in Reno will host an extraordinary event that merges the allure of classic cars with the power of music, all in support of Parkinson's disease awareness and fundraising. Titled "An Evening of Music & Motion," the event promises a captivating blend of automotive culture and talent, with proceeds benefiting the Parkinson Support Center of Northern Nevada (PSCNN), a vital resource for thousands in the region living with Parkinson’s.

Among the highlights of the evening will be an exclusive opportunity for guests to explore the museum's extensive collection, featuring cars once owned by renowned musicians and driven by legendary racers who faced the challenges of Parkinson’s. Notably, the spotlight will shine on a 1952 Jaguar C-Type, chassis XKC-007, the very first C-Type imported into the United States. This iconic vehicle, with its storied racing history, serves as a poignant reminder of the late Phil Hill, America’s first Formula One Champion, who battled Parkinson’s until his passing in 2008.

Central to the event is a 45-minute panel discussion moderated by the esteemed singer, actress, and producer Vanessa Williams. The panelists, distinguished figures from the entertainment and automotive worlds, share not only professional accomplishments but also personal connections to Parkinson’s advocacy. Among them is Rasheda Ali Walsh, daughter of the legendary Muhammad Ali, whose own journey with Parkinson's spans over three decades. Also taking the stage is Shelby Hall, a third-generation off-road driver and granddaughter of Rod Hall, a pioneer in off-road racing who competed in 50 Baja 1000 races despite battling Parkinson's.

The discussion promises to evoke the shared passion for music and motion, exploring the profound emotional impact of these universal elements. Deb Pollack, founder of Drive Toward a Cure, emphasizes the significance of motion as more than mere transportation but as a symbol of mobility, particularly poignant in the context of Parkinson's.

Since its inception, Drive Toward a Cure has raised over $1 million for Parkinson’s research and patient care through a variety of innovative programs and events. From multi-day drives to virtual wine tastings and poker runs, the organization has leveraged the love of automobiles to support those affected by Parkinson's across the nation.

By partnering with the Parkinson Support Center of Northern Nevada, Drive Toward a Cure aims to make a meaningful difference in the local community. Proceeds from the event, generated through donations, silent auctions, and sponsorships, will bolster support groups, educational initiatives, and advocacy efforts for individuals living with Parkinson’s in the region.

Dr. Mindy Lokshin, Board Chair and Acting Director for PSCNN, underscores the importance of such initiatives in demonstrating care and solidarity for the thousands impacted by Parkinson’s in Northern Nevada. As cars and camaraderie converge for a noble cause, "An Evening of Music & Motion" promises not only to raise awareness but to foster hope and support for those living with Parkinson’s disease.

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