The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s ice skating rink will be put to very good use this weekend. They are holding a 24 hour skate-a-thon for Parkinson’s research. Jenny Knutson says the event was the brainstorm of Ted and Colleen Wuebben that started ten years ago.
Knutson says her mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2005. At that time Wuebben wanted to do something to raise funding for research and they had the perfect solution in their back yard. Knutson says they had a backyard ice skating rink and held a skate-a-thon. The event has grown and for the last seven years has been held at UNMC’s ice rink.
Knutson says, “Money goes to the NU Foundation for research and to Parkinson’s Nebraska, a non-profit that provides exercise education and awareness for Parkinson’s for patients and their caregivers. All the money raised stays here in Nebraska” She adds that Nebraska has the highest per-capita state regarding the number of Parkinson’s disease patients so research and patient care is especially important here.
The Parkinson’s Skate-A-Thon starts at 2 p.m. this afternoon and continues through Saturday afternoon. The public is invited to take part. The skate-a-thon has raised more than $155,000 for research and patient care.