By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Desert Donuts and the Parkinson’s Foundation have come together to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s disease (PD) leading up to the foundation’s second annual Moving Day Phoenix event on November 14.

Desert Donuts, 3134 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, is offering two specially created doughnuts for sale through November 14.

A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Parkinson’s Foundation Southwest Chapter.

“We could not be happier to have such a great community partner in Desert Donuts,” says Robin Rhea, development manager, Parkinson’s Foundation Southwest Chapter.

“Having their support in bringing awareness to the community is priceless. Money raised through this promotion will support cutting-edge research and community programs to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease and their families.”

Unlike typical doughnut shops, Desert Donuts makes its doughnuts as customers order them, so they are fresh and hot to enjoy.

“It’s worth the minute-and-a-half wait to have a fresh, hot doughnut to enjoy with your coffee or beverage of choice,” says Jeremy Kemmerling, owner of Desert Donuts.

“We became the owners of Desert Donuts as a direct result of Parkinson’s disease. The wonderful people who built this business were directly affected by PD when the husband was diagnosed and they were forced to make some life changes.

“When we were presented with the opportunity to work with the foundation, it seemed only fitting to honor the previous owners and all those affected by the disease. We are honored to have the privilege of being able to help in any way we can, and we have high hopes for the fundraiser.”

Moving Day Phoenix is an annual Parkinson’s Foundation fundraiser. The event’s goal for 2020 is to raise at least $50,000 to combat Parkinson’s disease. Although this year’s event will be virtual, to be hosted online on November 14, registered teams are still encouraged to do their own walks to raise money. Those who want to support the cause can donate at MovingDayPhoenix.org or form their own teams to compete for prizes.

Funds raised through Desert Donuts’ promotion will support the Parkinson’s Foundation’s national mission by helping to deliver quality care to more than 145,000 people living with Parkinson’s, by funding cutting-edge research to advance a cure and by providing free resources and local services for people living with Parkinson’s and their families. There are more than 18,000 people living with Parkinson’s in the state of Arizona.

Desert Donuts, Tramonto Marketplace, 3134 W. Carefree Highway, Suite 10, Phoenix, 623.582.0281, desertdonutsaz.com.

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