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Top Fundraiser Donna Kos and her Sunnyvale Parkinson's Walk
Donna Kos is a woman with a mission. "This was the 3rd annual walk in Sunnyvale," stated Donna. Donna is an Educator at a top ranking school in Northern California. During her spare time she meets with businesses, support groups and families to inform them about this walk and provide them with educational material about Parkinson's disease.
People respond warmly to Donna because they can relate to her. "I do this in memory of my father and they welcome me with open arms," notes Donna. She tells everyone she meets the story of her father, Edward, who lost his battle with Parkinson's disease in 1996. Her heart of compassion shows in her actions and her fundraising efforts. She explains to her supporters that they can be a part of the bigger picture without coming to New York City. Not everyone can afford to come to New York City, so that is why I started this." says Donna.
Her objective when speaking to the support groups is not to generate donations from the members but to reach their sons and daughters and get them involved. "I tell them to walk around their neighborhood, call and write letters." Evidently it's working, she had 17 states donate to this year's Walk. They are taking her advise to heart.
Donna's dedication secured national and local sponsors. "Thanks to local businesses who made contributions in exchange for their logo on the t-shirts, we raised over $16,557.57 for the 2006 Parkinson's Unity Walk," stated Donna. "Their support meant a lot to the cause and the Sunnyvale community."