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Third Annual John "Bulldog" Hamil Parkinson's Walk - a Resounding Success


The third annual John “Bulldog” Hamil Walk/Ride for Parkinson’s Research was held under the glorious blue skies at Ragsdale Stadium in Jamestown, NC, on Saturday, April 19, 2008. About 100 people participated by either walking the track at Ragsdale or riding their bikes. When all was said and done, $8500 was raised for Parkinson’s research!

This annual event, in memory of John Hamil, a long time Jamestown resident who died from complications of Parkinson’s disease in May of 2005, is held in April each year as part of Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. Hamil was an active member of the community.

This year, two bike rides were added to the fundraiser thanks to the inspiration and hard work of Mike Pendleton. The riders, over 40 of them, were offered the option of a leisurely 10 mile loop through Grandover Golf Club or a more challenging trek to Camp Caraway in Randolph County.

The money raised at the event goes to the Parkinson’s Unity Walk where it will be allocated to the seven national Parkinson’s disease organizations for ongoing Parkinson’s research.

“Hats off to David Willard for raising almost $2000 and to all who participated,” said Carol Kerr, one of the original organizers of the event. “We look forward to seeing you again next year,” stated Carol.

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