April 11 is World Parkinson’s Day. To honor the occasion, Team Cul de Sac leader Chris Sparks shares the story behind the organization.
Hi everyone, Chris Sparks here! April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. I formed Team Cul de Sac in 2010 to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. I did this in honor of the legendary and gently humble cartoonist, Richard Thompson, of the comic strip Cul de Sac. Richard was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009, and I wanted to show my friend we supported him on his journey dealing with PD.
Team Cul de Sac has raised more than $200,000 (so far) for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. It started with the initial project of the art auction and book sales for the book, Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson’s, and continues with our fantastic annual Drink and Draw and auction at HeroesCon in Charlotte, North Carolina. Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) and Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) also generously donated a series of collaborative strips for auction through Heritage last year.
Please check out our book and be amazed by talents including Sergio Aragones, Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Tom Richmond, Pat Oliphant, Stephan Pastis and Bill Watterson. Watterson donated his first piece of public art since Calvin and Hobbes to TCDS.
The 5th annual Drink and Draw and auction at HeroesCon will be on Friday, June 19, 2015. If you would like to donate original art for the auction, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We get amazing donations! If you would like to bid on them, check the HeroesCon site for details.
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