|Courtesy of Scott Layman|
Scott and Joy Layman created the event when Scott was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. To date, this event has raised over $230,000 for the University of Cincinnati’s Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease as well as raising the public awareness of the devastation of the disease. The funds help those struggling with the disease as well as fund much needed research.
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Visit http://putting4parkinsons.com for registration and details about this exciting event. You can see photos of the past events as well as learn about the silent auction items or how you or your business can be a part.
If you don’t golf, or you want to get involved here are a few suggestions. According to the web site, they are:
• “You or your company can be a Sponsor. We have varying opportunities – hole sponsorships at $250, $500, $1,500 or $2,500; keg sponsor; dinner sponsor; music sponsor. You will get all of the standard name and sign recognition.
• Sign up for the dinner-only option.
• Volunteer. Your breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. If interested, send a text message to 859-803-9534 and we will get you connected with the volunteer coordinator.
• Donate a prize for our raffle drawing, such as a new driver, set of irons, putter, box of golf balls, golf umbrella, etc.
• Donate an item for our silent auction.
• Make a personal or corporate monetary donation, go to our Donate page, or mail to “Putting for Parkinson’s,” PO Box 333, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.”
Scott says, “It always fills up so early registrations are highly encouraged.”
Scott’s campaign recently took him to Great American Ball Park to throw out the first pitch and to receive a check. He says, “The Gardner Center is currently building a brand new building to bring all of the various aspects of Parkinson’s together in one place.” He revels in the attention because he knows he is serving a larger purpose.
Scott recalls when he received his diagnosis nine years ago. “I felt the need to do something. It’s sort of therapy to understand the problem. If I can immerse myself in this fundraiser then emotionally I have more purpose, more resolve, to help me get through it. It’s a good feeling. It’s uplifting.” And, really, he has become quite a force in the area.
“It’s been difficult the last couple of years with my speech.” Scott’s speech has been impaired. He had surgery (Deep Brain Stimulation) to address that and it has helped very much, but there are moments when his soft voice disappears, he takes a deep breath, and pushes out his thoughts.
Scott looks good, healthy, has good color, he walks easily and from a distance you would never know he has Parkinson’s.
“It’s progressing. That’s okay. It’s slow. I notice that if I’m not talking I can be calm as I can be. But the second I begin to engage in conversation, I get all twitchy and move all over the place.” His right arm jumps and he twists in the chair. It’s a similar problem to what Michael J. Fox has. “My posture is a little more stooped over now.” He laughs about spilling gasoline as he filled the lawnmower.
About his wife, he says, “Joy is amazingly patient. She rolls her eyes at me a lot, but I love her.” He laughs. But it doesn’t stop him working at their family river home in Augusta. He laughs and says, “I try not to use the table saw when I’m twitching.”
He still works out at Rock Steady Boxing in Wilder, a gym specifically designed for Parkinson’s patients. Scott has learned how to fall to minimize damage and how to best get up. It’s demanding but so very helpful. Staying physically active helps. “Oh, yeah, I have much more energy,” he says. One thing he has noticed recently is that as he tries to punch a bag, his head tells his hand to move but his hand freezes in space. It’s frustrating.
Scott Layman is handling Parkinson’s with grace and humor. “I wouldn’t say, I’m always graceful.” He laughs. “I can’t dance at all any more!”
Ninth Annual Putting for Parkinson’s
Friday, July 13
Highland Country Club