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Griddlers Galore at Pancakes for Parkinsons

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Christy Fleming
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Orange was everywhere as hundreds turned out to support Team Fox – Delaware and their annual family fundraiser, Pancakes for Parkinsons. Fifteen Griddle Teams — more than any other year — participated in Saturday’s hotcakes bonanza at Sanford School, helping raise more than $80,000 for Parkinsons research.

“It is amazing to see so many new teams and new supporters of our cause,” said Wilmington resident Debi Brooks, who is the co-founder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. “But more importantly, we just love this event because it is a low-key, really fun way for families and friends who are coping with the disease to come enjoy themselves for a morning while helping support a cause that is so meaningful to them.”

Rock Steady Boxing, Team Friday Morning Coffee, Live United and the Pettinaro Griddle Team were just a few of the many Griddle Teams who helped flip some 2,500 pancakes all morning. Vern Pettinaro, who founded Pettinaro Construction, was diagnosed with Parkinsons 15 years ago. Says daughter Tracy of the degenerative disease, “Frankly, it stinks. But the good news is that we are committed to finding a cure.”

Special shout out to the many Sanford School students who helped volunteer on Saturday, including the Girls Volleyball team, who helped with face painting, playing games with younger children, clearing tables, and more.

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