Welcome to the 2014 - 2015 PDF Champions Page for Julie Dietenhofer
Puck Parkinson's Fundraiser
Saturday April 12, 2014
Knights of Columbus
Welcome to My PDF Champions Home Page:
As a Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) Champion, we are working to raise funds to improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s and to ultimately find a cure.
Did you know that nearly one million people in the United States are living with Parkinson’s disease? I am organizing my PDF Champions event in honor of these individuals and their loved ones who are impacted each day by Parkinson’s.
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 $100 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $42 million to support national education and advocacy programs.
We are hosting this fundraiser in loving memory of George Dietenhofer. George was diagnosed with PD in 1998. As many of you know, he was an avid Bruins fan (hence the name Puck Parkinsons). George and his wife Steph took advantage of his season Bruin's tickets for many years. One of his greatest moments was when they won the Stanley Cup in 2011 as he was surrounded by his family. Another great moment in his life was when he became a grandfather to Jenna and Jason. Whenever they walked through the door, his face lit up which made you smile. Before he was diagnosed, George & Steph spent their free time camping with his brother Bob and sister in law Doris. They always had a great time together with lots of good stories to reminisce about. He had been nicknamed the Gentle Giant. Which was perfect for him as he had the biggest heart around.
George worked at United Liquors for 30 years and retired due to the disease taking a toll of his body. It started with tremors in his hands and eventually impacted his whole body & mind. George and Steph dealt with his sickness for 10 years on their own. Eventually rehab visits, physical therapy & visiting nurses came into play. Steph became a Guardian Angel and did everything she could to keep George at home and keep his spirits high. Towards the end we had a lot help from Beacon Hospice.
George's children Lynne & Scott played a major part as caretakers throughout his disease. They were there every step of the way and made sure he was as comfortable as possible.
During this time we had an enormous amount of support from family & friends. We truly appreciate all that they have done.
Unfortunately, we lossed George at the young age of 69 on March 25, 2013.
Witnessing George go through this disease was an experience that we would never want anyone to have to go through. Knowing that we can help raise money to find a cure for it is what is motivating us.
Please help us find a cure.
We thank you in advance for your support and please remember that all donations are tax deductible!