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July 14, 2018
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. to be honored during the HollyRod Foundation Design Gala with the “Matthew T. Robinson, Jr. Award of Courage” in Malibu, California
MALIBU- In a poignant letter filled with hope and love, courage and the commitment to carry on, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., announced to the world last year that he was battling Parkinson’s, “a disease that bested my father.”
Since then, Rev. Jackson has shared his story of disease and determination countless times as he crisscrosses the country and navigates the globe in the crusade for peace and justice.
“God continues to give me new opportunities to serve,” Rev. Jackson wrote. “This diagnosis is personal, but it is more than that. It is an opportunity for me to use my voice to help in finding a cure for a disease that afflicts 7 to 10 million worldwide. Some 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year.”
Tonight, Saturday, July 14, 2018, Rev. Jackson will be honored at the star-studded, celebrity-packed HollyRod Foundation DesignCare gala in Malibu, Ca., for his fight against Parkinson’s and his determination to continue serving and inspiring.
The gala is a fundraiser for the foundation, dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with autism and Parkinson’s disease. “Inspired by a father and a son,” HollyRod was formed in 1997 by actress, Holly Robinson Peete and her husband and former NFL quarterback, Rodney Peete, who were also married by Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. They share history, a commitment to social causes and to this cause, especially.
Ms. Robinson Peete’s father, Matthew T. Robinson, Jr., like Rev. Jackson’s father, was “bested” by Parkinson’s. The Peete’s eldest son, RJ, was diagnosed with autism.
Rev. Jackson will receive the “Matthew T. Robinson, Jr. Award of Courage.”
“I will continue to try to instill hope in the hopeless, expand our democracy to the disenfranchised and free innocent prisoners around the world,” he wrote in his Parkinson’s announcement, adding, “As we continue in the struggle for human rights, remember that God will see us through, even in our midnight moments.”