For the third year in a row, movement disorder specialists at The NeuroMedical Center received a donation from Baker Glass Works to support Baton Rouge’s largest annual Parkinson’s conference.
On Sept. 26, Parkinson’s patient and company founder William “Bill” Mosley, along with his family, presented a $1,680 check on behalf of the company’s charity Baker Glass Gives Back.
The company pledged $10 for every windshield replaced between April 1 and Aug. 31, 2017. While still recuperating from the August 2016 flooding, the Mosley family repaired 168 windshields in 2017, bringing the total number of windshields replaced since backing Parkinson’s efforts in 2015 to 613. To date, the Mosley family has donated more than $6,000 to the Parkinson’s Conference held every year at the 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, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement, 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 community member and local philanthropist, Hunter founded the Baker Glass Gives Back program in Bill’s honor, a news release said. Before fundraising for local Parkinson’s efforts, the program supported both the Baker and Zachary school systems.
“Bill, his family, and the entire Baker Glass team are incredible advocates for the local Parkinson’s community, and their seemingly unstoppable support for the cause never ceases to amaze me” said Bill’s physician, Dr. Gerald J. Calegan who has helped organize and spoken at the Parkinson’s conference every year since 2012. “Because of the Mosley’s dedication to keep collecting donations through their Baker Glass business, hundreds of patients, caregivers and family members will get to attend this special and very important conference that offers education, information and messages of hope.”
The annual Parkinson’s conference held at Pennington in July has been Louisiana’s largest since its inaugural year in 2012, the release said. The daylong event has been offered free to community members thanks to the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals. Registration to the seventh annual Parkinson’s conference will be available online at www.theneuromedicalcenter.com in the spring 2018.