Michael J Fox Foundation Ambassador, Eric Aquino creates Gray Strong Foundation Local Authority and Resources for Parkinson’s Patients

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Presents “Shake It Up Lehigh Valley” first annual fundraiser on Nov.18, 2020 to benefit the Parkinson’s Community  

Gray Strong Foundation is excited to present Shake it Up Lehigh Valley – A Virtual Gala & Auction to support and raise awareness for the Parkinson’s (PD) community.

On Wednesday, November 18th beginning at 5pm, tune in for feature presentations from Joshua Kiner, Director of St. Luke’s Physical TherapyDr. Musa Tangoren of LV HospitalDr. Howard Gendelman of UNMC Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, and our Keynote Speaker Tim Hague, Sr. – Amazing Race Canada Winner, Motivational Speaker and author of Perseverance: The Seven Skills You Need to Survive, Thrive and Accomplish More Than You Ever Imagined.

The lineup includes a special appearance from a notable Parkinson’s community spokesperson as well as surprise musical artists.  Gala virtual viewers are encouraged to bid on “live” auction items donated from the area’s top 100 companies, including Abbott, Americaven, Medtronic, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Nippon Life Benefits, Shepherd Hills Golf Club, Shootworks, Steel Club, Yanni’s Taverna, The Yoga Hut and Travel Experiences to see Hamilton on Broadway and a Disney World Family Adventure.

The Gray Strong Foundation was founded by local EMT and Michael J. Fox Foundation Ambassador, Eric Aquino, after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at age 40. While undergoing treatment, Aquino discovered there was a lack of resources in his area. So, he established a support system by creating a podcast “Trembling EMT” to shed light on one of many Parkinson’s journeys and help start a conversation about the disease.

Gray Strong’s mission is to help individuals and their families move forward with Parkinson’s while raising awareness in the community. They help individuals #moveforwardwithparkinsons by providing medical needs and program resource support for Parkinson’s patients and their families.

“With Parkinson’s, our health can change in a matter of days or weeks. It’s important for scientists to know how things are changing over time so they can develop better treatments,” Eric says. To help develop better treatments, Aquino is inspired to raise funds to support this mission.

To register, visit this link: https://www.graystrong.org/event-details/shake-it-up-lehigh-valley

To schedule an interview with Eric Aquino or other guests, please contact Tiffany.

About Gray Strong

Gray Strong Foundation helps individuals #moveforwardwithparkinsons by providing medical needs and program resource support for Parkinson’s patients and their families. Founded by local EMT, Eric Aquino, Gray Strong Foundation offers much needed support and Parkinson’s disease (PD) awareness to the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas via fundraising initiatives, @tremblingEMT social media tips and podcasts, medical resource information and exercise programs. Aquino is no stranger to generating successful non-profit organizations as a former chapter President of a local Pink Heals chapter (easily recognized by their pink fire trucks) and current Michael J. Fox Foundation Ambassador.

Information provided to TVL by:
Tiffany Sondergaard
Public Relations Liaison Event Planning Specialist
–ts PR & Event Planning


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