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|Posted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:11 am Post subject:
|Just wanted to acknowledge a few classy guys with Suns ties, Charles Barkley. Steve Nash and Terry Porter, who have agreed to appear in the upcoming Brian Grant Foundation event.
Lauren Forman remembers the day she and Brian Grant were sitting in Cafe DuBerry, discussing plans for an event to raise money to battle Parkinson's disease.
Grant wanted one of his former NBA coaches, Pat Riley, to be the event's keynote speaker. So they called Riley.
"Within seconds he's like, 'Brian, whatever you need, I'm there -- send me the info,'" said Forman, executive director of the Brian Grant Foundation.
That sort of personal response to Grant, the highly-respected former Trail Blazers forward who is one of an estimated 1 million people in the United States with Parkinson's, explains the impressive guest list for "Shake It Till We Make It." The two-day event starts Sunday with a dinner, meet-and-greet and auction at the Rose Garden, and concludes Monday with a golf event at Pumpkin Ridge.
The two celebrities most linked to Parkinson's will be there -- boxing great Muhammad Ali, and actor Michael J. Fox, whose foundation will be the beneficiary.
Also slated to appear are Bill Russell, Bill Walton, Brandon Roy, Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, Greg Oden, Steve Nash, Terry Porter and Rasheed Wallace.
"These guys are all flying in on their own dime," Forman said. "They're coming in because they care about him."
The greatest feeling in the world is to win a major league game. The second-greatest feeling is to lose a major league game. ~Chuck Tanner, quoted in The Sporting News, 15 July 1985