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Speedy PD race raises $31,000 for Parkinson’s fund

By The Mercury

A race for Parkinson’s disease last month raised $31,000 for the Meadowlark Hills Parkinson’s Fund.

The Speedy PD 5K/10K Race was at Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan on Aug. 24. UMB Bank was themajor sponsor for the event

The event raised more than $31,000 through sponsorships, race registrations and donations for the Meadowlark Hills Parkinson’s Fund.

The fund allows the leaders of the Parkinson’s Program of Manhattan at Meadowlark Hills retirement community to provide services for the community to improve the quality of life for all those affected by Parkinson’s disease, including patients, caregivers, therapists and nurses.

With this fund, they are able to continue and expand opportunities for education and outreach.

UMB Bank was the presenting sponsor of the race for the third consecutive year.

“If our team here at UMB can help raise awareness and funds through The Speedy PD, then we have done a great thing for our community and for all of those affected by Parkinson’s disease,” said David Urban, president at UMB Bank. “This event in particular is near to our hearts here at UMB because we have employees who are personally impacted by this devastating disease.”

Nearly 500 people registered for the 5K and 10K races, and approximately 85 volunteers that contributed to the success of the event.

Sarah Duggan, community relations director at Meadowlark Hills was pleased with the great support from the community, families and those affected by Parkinson’s disease.

“Michelle Haub, the Parkinson’s Program Leader, did an incredible job leading the charge once again to plan a fun, successful event to promote and further the great things that the Parkinson’s Program is doing for our community.”

The newest feature of the race is the certification of the 5K and 10K courses.

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