Camp Brian to introduce Parkinson’s grants
The Camp Brian Association calls all of its supporters “campers.”
All “campers” are invited to Camp Brian’s annual dinner and auction on Saturday, March 16, at Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett to raise funds to help Brian Camp and others with early-onset Parkinson’s.
The camping-themed fundraiser – with a food, live music and auctions – is scheduled from 6-11 p.m. at Archbishop Murphy High School, at 12911 39th Ave. S.E. in Everett. Tickets are $30 each.
Camp Brian was inspired by Brian Camp, of Mukilteo, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 38.
Longtime friends of Camp’s founded the non-profit in 2004 to provide support, resources and financial assistance to individuals and families impacted by early-onset Parkinson’s disease.
“It is a very humbling feeling to have anyone provide for my cause,” Camp wrote in an email.
“Having such support and enthusiasm for any cause that is basically provided by friends who I have grown up with makes my battle with Parkinson's disease much easier – and even fun at times.”
When Camp was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease, his friends saw a friend in need. They fundraised to help the single father and his three kids.
The friends also helped him financially and emotionally through his divorce, custody battle for his kids and the selling of his pub in Everett.
Since then, Camp has continued to confront his debilitating disease. He’s needed several brain surgeries to control the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Even so, he has difficulty speaking and cannot work.
Camp, now 55, recently downsized from a house in Old Town to an apartment in Harbour Pointe. As his disease progresses, he has found it easier to maintain a smaller home.
Camp Brian’s mission is to not only support Camp but to offer resources and funds to other families affected by early-onset Parkinson’s disease. It has raised more than $100,000 in nine years.
“Camp Brian has grown a great deal from its beginning back in 2004,” Camp wrote. “The best thing that has come from all of the wonderful efforts from the association is the awareness that has been made.”
The association donates 10 percent of its proceeds to other local Parkinson's organizations, such as the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation and the Booth Gardner Parkinson's Care Center.
A new grant program will soon help meet the financial needs of others in Snohomish and King counties impacted by early-onset Parkinson’s. The goal is to award 3-5 grants per year, in a more “personal approach.”
“Brian wants the reach to go beyond just his needs,” camper Riene Simpson said. “We wish to help others in our immediate community in a meaningful way.”
The “Spring Break at Camp Brian” fundraiser includes live music by The Silverbacks, live and silent auctions, and a camp-style barbecue. Tickets include a chance to win a door prize valued at $200.
Purchase tickets at www.campbrian.org or at the door.