Golfing with Parkinson's Disease

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KUSA - When Tom Draayer was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease 13 years ago, he thought his active life was over and he would bid farewell to his favorite sport. Instead just the opposite occurred.

Today Tom can still hit some of the same 3 foot putts that he used to hit and stays extremely active on the link, despite his disease. He's not alone, studies have found exercise and activity can greatly enhance the lives of Parkinson's patients, as well as subdue their symptoms.

On Monday, July 29th, the Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) will hold their 14th Annual Golf Classic at the Colorado Golf Club in Parker. CNI's players are community partners, patients and golf enthusiasts, and each of them serves as an ambassador and storyteller for the organization.

The 18-hole CNI Golf Classic will include a 1pm shotgun start, a buffet lunch, mulligan sales, a silent auction, complimentary snacks and beverages on the course, contest holes, golfers' gifts, access to the practice course, access to the club's locker rooms, a hole-in-one car prize and a dinner reception with entertainment.

Without fundraisers such as the CNI Golf Classic, patients would not have access to the organization's specialized patient navigation, social work services, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, educational resources and clinical research studies. The funds raised from this event will allow CNI to continue to support patients facing Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, Brain and Spinal Tumors, Stroke, Hearing Disorders, Huntington's Disease and other neurological conditions.

Player registration is $500 and $2000 for a foursome. Reception and dinner banquet companion tickets are available for $50. Sponsorship and donation opportunities are also available. The deadline for registration and payment is July 1, 2013. For more details, please contact Nancy Miller at 303-806-7415 or

CNI has been providing research, education and patient services for persons with neurological conditions and their caregivers since 1988. As the only nonprofit organization in the Rocky Mountain Region of its kind, CNI offer patients easy access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art care, support services, clinical trials, outpatient neuro-rehab, counseling and more. Learn more at

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