June 22, 2022

Raising Funds For Parkinson’s Association

Raising Funds For Parkinson’s Association

A Bellingham, Washington man was seen crossing North Dakota last week as he made his way to Side Lake, MN on a trip designed to raise funds for the American Parkinson Disease Association. Mike Adkinson’s 1700 mile trip, though, was made with a unique mode of transportation. He left home on May 9  with a goal to end his trip between a month to six weeks later on his 2008 3320 John Deere. “It’s not a big tractor,” he says, ‘but it also is not a lawn mower.”
He bought the tractor new and used it for a number of years in his handcrafted log home business. For the last few years, his brother-in-law had expressed an interest in owning it. This past year, he had a brain tumor and surgery. Feeling better, he said he needed a challenge. He thought maybe he could drive that tractor to Minnesota. While it was a bit of an idea, things got serious when his brother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. At that point, the idea to use the ride to raise money was hatched.
His wife, Phyllis, started looking for a 501(c)3 they could donate the funds to and found the APDA which has a Northwest Chapter in Seattle. Adkinson says they have been so helpful, and all the money raised through this trip will be sent to them. They are keeping a record of the donations so that he can respond and thank those donors personally.
His stop in Stanley was on the first day of the fifth week on Monday, June 13. He had been delayed a bit by some mechanical difficulties outside Williston the week before. He had an oil leak and seal issue, but Gooseneck in Williston took care of him. In fact, Gooseneck had heard about his trip earlier and had reached out to him to let him know that when he got to North Dakota “we got you.” When he started having trouble, he called them, and they sent a service truck out the 50 miles to his location to get him up and running again. 

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