A Bellingham man has completed his journey in Perch Lake, Minnesota – a slow journey on a John Deere tractor, all to benefit Parkinson’s disease research.
Mike Adkinson began his nearly 1,700 mile journey on May 15 and at around 15 mph arrived in Perch Lake on Thursday.
According to his fundraising campaign on the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA) website, Adkinson raised $52,198, slightly more than his goal of $50,000.
Adkinson said his brother Dan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s last year, which inspired his whole family to learn more about the progressive nervous system disorder.
He said that every nine minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. This rate is expected to exceed that of Alzheimer’s by 2040.
Adkinson said his trip across the country involved visiting people affected by Parkinson’s disease, as well as raising money for the APDA.
He took Highway 20 through Washington, then Highway 2 through Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota.
You can always support Mike’s fundraising efforts at bit.ly/tractor-trip.
Donations will be used to support educational programs, exercise and wellness classes, support groups and connections, resources and research on Parkinson’s disease.
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