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August 9, 2011

Punching out Parkinson's: Bruins Foundation, Thornton host second annual "Putts and Punches for Parkinson's"

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"The Red Sox, Sarah McKenna, and Youk (Kevin Youkalis) and Papi (David Ortiz), put some nice stuff together. Those two guys are unbelievable. We have a little back-and-forth, I do some stuff over there," said Thornton. "It says a lot about the sports community in Boston. We respect each other and try and help each other out."

Members of the APDA Massachusetts chapter were on hand with information about Parkinson's disease, including vice president Robert Tullis. An avid Bruins fan who has Parkinson's, Tullis was excited to be on hand for the tournament and to see his favorite hockey team kiss the Cup earlier this summer.

"The weather didn't agree out there and people were getting wet, but having a good time. I think Shawn and the Bruins Foundation have done such an excellent job of helping the community in more ways than one. It's great to be invited and participate," said Tullis, who was in attendance with four other members of the APDA. "We all are Bruins fans. It was fantastic to see them win the cup, it put a little life back into the city of Boston."

Nurse coordinator Cathi Thomas was one of the other members of the APDA in attendance and she came with information on how the money raised at last year's tournament was put to use in order to help those suffering from Parkinson's disease and their families.

"One example of how this funding is put to use is that it funded a national rehabilitation advanced center of research at Sargent College at Boston University. It's a resource for people from all over the country to call in and learn about physical and occupational therapy.

We have had many programs for not only individuals with Parkinson's, but families. We train how to take care of the individual. Eighteen thousand dollars is extraordinary, and it really goes a long way in Massachusetts."

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