California Wildfire Grant Fund
Supporting Those In Need
With a commitment to further assist in patient care, Drive Toward a Cure has earmarked up to $10,000 to assist those who are challenged by Parkinson’s Disease AND experiencing significant losses or exceptional expenses related to the recent California wildfire damage.
100% of donations made during this time and accompanied by a note indicating that the donation is to support Drive Toward a Cure‘s California Wildfire Grant Fund will go toward increasing the size of the fund.
What Do Patients Need?
Parkinson’s Disease sufferers – particularly the elderly – face exceptional expenses, even at the best of times. They may need special equipment such as hospital beds to aid with getting up and out; with Parkinson’s they are often up 6 or more times a night to visit the bathroom. They may need a walk-in shower (tubs are often too hard to navigate), they may need railing in the house (without railing they tend to fall down more often), and they should ideally have a place to stay with no steps.
Stress exacerbates the symptom of Parkinson’s Disease… in the worst possible ways. Being evacuated from ones home and the prospect – for some, the reality – of losing a home and a lifetime of accumulated possessions, is a massive source of stress, even for the healthy.
With the prospect of extended displacement as a result of the California wildfires, many will need added support to make their temporary accommodations meet their needs, be it for a few weeks or many, many months. Please give generously to help those with Parkinson’s who are in need at this time.
To apply to the Drive Toward a Cure California Wildfire Grant Fund:
- Applicants must have Parkinson’s Disease. Please include the name of your Movement Disorder Specialist and date of your last appointment.
- Applicants must be displaced by the California wildfires. Please include your permanent address.
- Applicants must demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the California wildfires. Please describe.
Final grant selection is at the discretion of the Drive Toward a Cure Executive Director and Board. Completion of a grant request is not a guarantee of receiving a grant. All requests will be evaluated and given equal consideration.