Gordon Beckham of the Chicago White Sox Presents a $60,000 Check to the National Parkinson Foundation to Knock Parkinson’s Out of the Park

Release date: 1/28/2011

CHICAGO, MIAMI—Jan. 28, 2011—Gordon Beckham, second baseman
for the Chicago White Sox, presented a check for $60,000 which was raised through his Out of the Park for Parkinson’s fundraising campaign. During the 2010 baseball season, Gordon Beckham pledged a donation to the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) for every home run that he hit and his fans joined him by making pledges of their own.

Beckham presented the check to NPF President and CEO, Joyce Oberdorf, at a special event for Out of the Park donors this month during Sox Fest weekend in Chicago. NPF recognized Beckham for his outstanding community leadership by presenting him with a 2011 HOPE Award. The campaign will continue in 2011 and both Beckham and Oberdorf expressed their excitement for the new season and more homeruns.

Gordon Beckham and his family understand the challenges of Parkinson’s firsthand: his grandfather has been living with the disease for nearly a decade. “Living and helping my grandfather cope with Parkinson’s has given me an up-close look at the suffering it causes,” said Beckham. “I want to do something to raise awareness and funds to help eradicate the disease so future generations do not have to go through what our family and countless others have been through with Parkinson’s.” At present, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Fans of Gordon Beckham can visit www.outofthepark.org to make a donation, or follow Out of the Park on Facebook and Twitter.

All proceeds benefit the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), a national, non-profit organization that funds research, education and outreach programs to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease.  NPF has a strong presence in Chicago, Illinois, supporting the work of Northwestern University’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center, NPF Center of Excellence, as well as the local NPF chapter, the Parkinson Association of Illinois (PAIL).

About Gordon Beckham
A native of Atlanta, GA and adopted son of Chicago, IL, 24-year-old Gordon Beckham plays second base for the Chicago White Sox.  Gordon made his major league baseball debut in June 4, 2009, and had a remarkable season for a rookie.  He hit 14 home runs, had 63 RBIs, and his batting average was .270.  He was named the 2009 American League Rookie of the Year, and was also voted Rookie of the Year by the Major League Baseball Players Association. For more information about Gordon Beckham and the Chicago White Sox, visit http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com.

About the National Parkinson Foundation
The National Parkinson Foundation supports a strong network of 43 Centers of Excellence dedicated to excellence in research and providing comprehensive, interdisciplinary care to more than 50,000 Parkinson’s patients and their families worldwide. Founded in 1957, the National Parkinson Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson’s disease through research, education, and outreach. Since 1982, NPF has funded more than $155 million in care, research and support services.

About Parkinson’s disease
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s with an estimated one million people with the disease in the U.S. and four to six million worldwide. At present, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the U.S.

For more information about Parkinson’s disease or the National Parkinson Foundation, please visit www.parkinson.org or call 800-327-4545.

Leilani Pearl
Director of Communications
National Parkinson Foundation
1501 N.W. 9th Avenue/Bob Hope Road
Miami, FL 33136-1494
(305) 243-7951