Milton drummer planning marathon session Sunday to raise money for Parkinson’s


Published August 25, 2022 at 2:44 pm

Milton’s Kevin Farmer is still a few days away from what’s become an annual fundraising event for Parkinson’s and he’s already almost at his goal.

The local musician has seen Parkinson’s disease affect his family for 15 years, since his father was diagnosed. He and his family have been participating in the Parkinson Canada Superwalk.

When the COVID-19 pandemic affected that in 2020, he came up with a novel solution. His own fundraiser with something he knows well.

That’s how Drums for Parkinson’s came about. The 12-hour, live-streamed event has helped raised $28,000 for the cause in its first two years. And this year is looking to be bigger than ever.

“When the COVID-19 pandemic was in full swing in 2020, I started thinking outside the box and came up with a crazy idea on how to combine my love of playing drums with a cause that I am truly passionate about,” reads Farmer’s website.

The drum-a-thon will be live-streamed on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Throughout the day, Farmer will be performing solo, with bands and special guests while interacting with the online audience. He will also be giving away prizes to donors.

The goal is the same, $20,000, a target that he’s fallen a little short of previously. However, this year, he’s almost 90 per cent of the way there, with his website showing $17,627 donated.

For more information, or to make a donation, visit Farmer’s website.

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