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Teen and Grandma raise funds for Parkinson's


Marissa Walton, 16 years old, joined forces with her grandmother, Edie Walton to raise money for Parkinson’s disease.

Edie has been participating in a local walk and raising money for Parkinson’s disease research for her husband, Robert Walton.  Robert is a 74 year old retired driver of fuel tankers, and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1988. 

For the past 4 years, Marissa watched her grandmother work to create awareness and raise funds for this disease.  This year she wanted to get involved and help.  The Waltons solicited local businesses and doctor’s offices and appealed to the generosity of friends and family.  They collected about $1,500 as well as several gifts to be auctioned at upcoming fundraising events.    This is in addition to the $8,000 Edie has raised in the past 4 years.

Marissa said she learned “not to be afraid to ask for money if it’s for a good cause.”  Such fundraising efforts, she noted, help “people to realize how serious the disease is.”

Edie Walton said she is tired of hearing about all the negative things teenagers do.  “Marissa took the time to help me and I’m very proud of her,” she said.  “She’s sure been a help to us,”  Robert Walton added.

“It’s been a really great experience working with my grandma and for my grandpa,” said Marissa Walton, who is planning a career in fashion merchandising or marketing.  “I hope we can make a difference and find a cure.”