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Parkinson's fundraiser hopes to put a strike to the disease

(WNDU)
Published: Jul. 15, 2018 at 12:34 AM EDT
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Don Sheliga loves the game of bowling, even bowling a perfect 300 nearly a decade ago.

But Sheliga doesn't let his Parkinson's diagnosis six years ago prevent him from playing the game he loves.

"It's fantastic!," says Sheliga I won the first game!"

Saturday night don joined dozens of supporters at Signature Lanes to raise awareness for Parkinson's Disease.

It's the third year for the event.

"In the Michiana area, there's quite a large community," says event organizeR Steve Squires. "The people in my age range aren't as prevalent as a major city like Chicago or Indianapolis. But there is a large community that is supporting us."

Squires hopes his event will help the community realize the severity of the disease.

"It's out there more than you realize," says Squires. "There's a lot of misdiagnosis out there. And by doing this research and getting the funding for this research, we're going to properly be able to diagnose more people that may have the disease and be able to have better treatment to cure them."

Bowlers had the chance to participate in a silent auction or buy raffle tickets and that would lead to Cubs tickets in Chicago.

Even the kids got in on the bowling action with few gutters to show.

For Don Sheliga, he's hoping - no fighting - for a cure.

"Cause we need a cure for Parkinson's," says Sheliga. "It's just not coming fast enough. We need help. We need help as a community."

The event raised nearly $25,000 dollars.