According to Deb Pollack, founder of Drive Toward a Cure, the organization has already established a reputation for creating events that are considered so much more than just a rally. “We wanted to build a meaningful movement that included passionate enthusiasts taking on a journey of roads less traveled -- yet contributing to a cause for which we hope a cure will eventually be found. Our goal is to build awareness and help fund the research that will find that cure faster. Our grants to the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center in Sunnyvale, where research and patient care go hand-in-hand, have the added benefit of supporting those living with Parkinson’s right now.”
Ms. Pollack has been involved in teaming cars and camaraderie to support Parkinson’s for the past decade, after losing her mother to its challenges in 2006. “Teaming the passion of spirited driving with an important cause, among an audience of car aficionados, seemed like a perfect way to spread our message through a very involved community,” said Pollack. “My personal vision was to create a groundswell within the automotive family – a group that is social and emotional when it comes to cars – and engage them in exciting programs in which they’d enjoy partaking – doing what car lovers relish the most and raising funds at the same time.”
The 2018 California Adventure will explore some of the State’s most beautiful topography and will include a timed “special stage” driving test. Though driving is at the heart of the program, plenty of time will be set aside to enjoy equal pleasures within the Alisal’s unique ranch setting and resort amenities. Participants will even have a choice of a morning hayride or horseback riding to one of the outdoor morning gatherings.
To register, please view: www.drivetowardacure.org/california-adventure-2018
Having been in the car industry for several decades, Ms. Pollack has had the chance to experience the joy of relationships built from memories on the road. “For me, there continues to be nothing more gratifying than reaping the rewards of these connections to support those that are challenged,” Pollack continued. “My personal goal is to keep growing our organization and its widespread reach until we can find that cure for Parkinson’s.”
As the Drive Toward a Cure program grows within the automotive community and beyond, all levels of car enthusiasts are encouraged to join through participation and/or donation. Those seeking more information can visit www.drivetowardacure.org as well as view our videos at: www.drivetowardacure.org/about-parkinsons-disease/.