Canyon Crest Academy students Justin and Nicole Kaufman were inspired to support those in the local community with Parkinson’s when their father was first diagnosed with the disease. In past years, they volunteered at the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego Step by Step 5k Walk. They will do the same this year at the walk slated for April 8 at Liberty Station www.parkinsonsassociation.org.
But the siblings wanted to do more. Together with friends Justin Zhang and Grace Selecky, they founded the Parkinson’s Association Club of Canyon Crest Academy. To date, they have recruited 40 student members including some whose family members have been directly affected by Parkinson’s.
“Many people do not know about Parkinson’s and how it affects those with the disease and their families. Our club offers a great way to inform people and we’ve seen that people are very willing to support us,” said Justin Kaufman, co-president of the Parkinson’s Association Club of Canyon Crest Academy. The club’s first fundraising event was a bake sale that raised $300. The club generously donated all proceeds to the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego. Looking ahead, Kaufman plans to enlist additional club members and hold more events, possibly in partnership with local restaurants willing to donate a small percentage of their profits.
In photo above: Justin Kaufman, co-president, Parkinson’s Association Club of Canyon Crest Academy presenting fundraiser proceeds to Chris Buscher, executive director, Parkinson’s Association of San Diego. From left: Chris Buscher, Paul Kaufman, Justin Kaufman, Justin Zhang, Nicole Kaufman (not pictured: Grace Selecky)