2019 Parkinson’s Conference Receives Local Funding Boost
For the fourth year in a row and the first time without its founder, William “Bill” Mosley, local family-owned company Baker Glass Works presented movement disorder specialists at The NeuroMedical Center (NMC) a significant donation to support Louisiana’s largest annual Parkinson’s Conference. A donation of $3,000 was raised by the family as part of its “Baker Glass Gives Back Campaign” in memory of Bill who lost his fight with Parkinson’s disease two months before the annual fundraising drive. The check was presented on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 at NMC and will later be submitted to the organizers of the annual Parkinson’s conference.
Bill Mosley, a longtime patient of The NeuroMedical Center, died on February 24, 2018 at the age of 64. Although still in mourning, the Mosleys and Baker Glass stuck to their traditional pledge of donating $10 for every windshield replaced between April 1st and August 31st. In 2018, the Mosleys repaired a record-breaking 300 windshields, nearly doubling the number of windshields replaced the year before. Since launching the fundraiser in 2015, the Mosleys have repaired a total of 913 windshields and have donated close to $10,000 to the Parkinson’s Conference held every year at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
Bill Mosley founded Baker Glass in 1979 and was a fixture at his successful glass repair operation until 2008 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and eventually had no choice but to turn over the family business to then 18-year-old son, Hunter. Determined to keep building on his father’s reputation as beloved community member and local philanthropist, Hunter founded the “Baker Glass Gives Back” program in Bill’s honor. The Mosleys say the fundraiser will continue on for many more years to come.
“The Mosley family and the entire Baker Glass team have always been incredible advocates for the local Parkinson’s community, and their seemingly unstoppable support for the cause never ceases to amaze me” said Bill’s neurologist, Dr. Gerald J. Calegan who has helped to organize and speak at the Parkinson’s Conference every year since 2012. “We will miss Bill, but his legacy will undoubtedly live on.”
The annual Parkinson’s Conference held at Pennington every July has been Louisiana’s largest since its inaugural year in 2012. The day-long event offering education, information, and messages of hope has been offered free of charge to community members thanks to the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals. Registration to the 8th Annual Parkinson’s conference will be available on our website in the spring of 2019.
About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. As many as 1 million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, and about 60,000 more are diagnosed each year. It’s estimated that Louisiana has one of the highest incidence rates in the nation, with Parkinson’s affecting more than 65,000 individuals. The cause is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms. Dr. Gerald J. Calegan, along with fellow NeuroMedical Center movement disorder specialists, Dr. B. Glenn Kidder and Dr. Rebecca E. Whiddon, are actively leading Parkinson’s disease research at the Baton Rouge campus, overseeing several ongoing clinical trials.