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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sixth Annual Putting for Parkinson's Golf Outing

Fort Thomas resident Scott Layman runs his own business, is a husband and father, gives back to the community and lives everyday with Parkinson's disease. Layman and his wife Joy, along with friends and family, started the annual Putting for Parkinson's Golf Outing six years ago.

"To date, we have raised over $100,000 for the Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease at UCNI (University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute) for research," said Layman. "This is truly remarkable."

The sixth annual Putting for Parkinson's Golf Outing is being held Friday, July 17th at Highland Country Club in Fort Thomas with morning and afternoon shotgun starts. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included with golf. The morning golfers can spend the afternoon by the pool or take the free shuttle to Belterra. Non-golfers can choose to just attend dinner. The 80's cover band Them Carls will play at 9 p.m. There will also be an auction and basket raffle at the dinner.

Layman was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2009 at age 43. It started with shaky hands, being off balance and impaired speech. He often describes his diagnosis as a "punch to the gut." He could have easily just given up and let the disease take over but instead he decided to do whatever he had to in order to be a good father, husband and provider. 

"Scott is very courageous guy," said Pete Van Curen Jr., friend of the Laymans. "He approached me about six years go to try and devise ways to fight this disease. We came up with the idea of a golf tournament and Scott, Joy and the committee have done a fantastic job raising money for Parkinson's research."

Layman had Deep Brain Stimulation in 2013. This ground breaking procedure is used to treat a variety of disabling neurological symptoms—most commonly the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson's disease, such as tremor, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement, and walking problems. Since the surgery, other than some seldom speech issues, most people wouldn't know that Layman has Parkinson's. Layman feels lucky to have been able to have the surgery and contribute to the research of his disease.

"He is giving back to the medical community to help others afflicted with this disease," said Van Curen. "He is a very selfless man."

Putting for Parkinson's is partnering with Fort Thomas Provides this year. Proceeds will be split between The University of Cincinnati Foundation, earmarked for Parkinson’s research through The Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders and our People Helping People campaign for Parkinson’s patients in financial need. 

"Beginning this year, Putting for Parkinson’s will be doing something of extraordinary worth," says Layman. "We will be donating up to 20 percent of the net proceeds from the golf outing to one or two deserving individuals suffering from Parkinson’s Disease who might need a special medical device, DBS surgery (Deep Brain Stimulation), a home handicap alteration, or a piece of equipment, but might not otherwise be able to afford it. No fussy applications to complete – just a simple letter stating the person’s unique situation is all the evaluating group needs. I am so very excited that we are able to do this."

Visit the website for the different levels of participation, cost and to register. 

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