Fundraising Page for Eric Young

Date of Event: 07/06/2012
Location: Lake Belle Taine, Nevis, MN
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As a Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) Champion, I am working to raise funds to improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s and to ultimately find a cure.

In honor of my mother Barbara Vandergraft, who has courageously battled Parkinsons Disease for over 27 years, my good friend, Sean Bartels and I will be the first individuals to swim the entire length (over 5 miles) of Lake Belle Taine in Northern Minnesota this July 6th. Lake Belle Taine has always been a special place for my mother and I and her ashes will be scattered there after her passing.

My mother has been my hero, and an inspiration to me in so many ways. She was the sweetest woman with the gentlest heart, but was tough as nails - she never gave an inch to Parkinsons without figting it for all she was worth. I hope that doing this swim in her honor will keep alive her courgageous and indominatable spirit, and at the same time raise awareness about Parkinsons disease and help raise much needing funding.

Parkinson’s disease is chronic neurological disease, for which there is currently no cure. But promising research is being conducted. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $90 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $37 million to support national education and advocacy programs.

Every donation really does make a difference in advancing PDF’s mission. Please help me reach my goal by making a donation today.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Here is a link to the swim route:

Eric Young
11/10/2014You are a very nice person, Eric! Of course your mother gave you the best that she could... She deserves a son like you... big hug.Somebody in Somewhere
5/19/2013Dear Eric, You were a wonderful, loving son to your mom. You were the light of her life. Just as she was so very courageous, so you are, too, not just in doing this challenging swim but also in being a constant supportive presence in her life even with many miles between you. You and I will always miss her. Love, Sandy BlySandy Bly
5/15/2013What an incredible task you are taking on Eric - I will send my best wishes that day and pray for your strength and endurance. I know your Mom would be so very proud of you. Charlene Butler, FLACharlene Butler
5/14/2013Eric, What an amazing way to honor your MOM! She would be very proud. Good luck to you! Raina Raina Bergland
3/29/2013I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dear and wonderful mother. I lost my father in September to Alzheimer's and I understand what a disease can do to the individual and their loved ones. Its difficult to see the ones you love suffer and get taken away from us too soon. Your mom looks like she was pure Heaven on earth, no wonder you loved her so much. I think what you are doing is both brave (a little crazy LOL) and inspirational to everyone and your mom must be so proud she raised such a good son!!! Good luck on your swim, good thing there are no sharks in the Lake ha ha. Wishing you the best on your fundraiser! Regards, Vicki FuglisterVicki Fuglister
1/18/2013Best of luck! keep us all in Canada posted on your training and how the swim goes. Best, Matt & JoanneMatt
1/12/2013Dear Eric, I was sorry to hear of your moms passing. From what You wrote she was a strong and special lady . Cherish the times you had together God Bless you. My thoughts and prayers are with you ReneeWhiteley Msp basedRenee Whiteley
12/20/2012Eric, Michele and girls, I send you all a big hug and lots of caring thoughts as you grieve the loss of your mother and grandmother. We'll be thinking of you in the days ahead and will celebrate Barbara's life with you in January. And next July 6th we will be part of your floattila cheering section in honor of a lovely lady.Annette
12/18/2012Eric - My deepest sympathies. May you have comfort that she lives on in you and her grandchildren. Hoping for better PD treatments in our lifetime - swim hard! (so impressed). Caroline Huang (and Andrew Lu).Caroline Huang & Andrew Lu
12/17/2012Dearest Eric, Your precious mother was welcomed into Heaven by my mother & they are already "Friends." I'm "IN" for the Fundraiser & I wish you success in your endeavor. Keep the day we will ALL be together again. (Remember ME? Vicki = Receptionist at NWA-HDQ & Ron = NWA Ops Planner & Tina (Fritz) Holum's parents '91 Rosemount HS) Vicki & Ron Fritz - Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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