Rapid City 11 year old raises more than $6,700 for Parkinson's disease research

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RAPID CITY, SD (KOTA TV) - An 11 year old Rapid City boy came up with the idea to climb for a cure to raise money for Parkinson's disease research.

Owen Ponto was inspired to start to start this even because of his grandparents fight with Parkinson’s.

“My grandpa and my grandma both have Parkinson's so I just wanted to do something about it,” says Ponto. “My grandpa was always very nice and compassionate and caring so I just want to be like him. He's a great role model."

The money raised will go to an Institute in Phoenix, Arizona call the Banner Sun Health Research Institute which is where Owen's grandfather will donate his brain once he passes away.

Owen has been planning this day for a while and his mother said he was nervous that not many people would come, but she was thinking the exact opposite.

In the end about 100 people showed up for the climb and another 30 came to just attend the event.

The hike began at 4 and went until 7 Sunday evening.

This 11 year old boy ended up raising $6,755.71 at the end of Sunday’s event.

If you'd like to donate, you can write a check out the Banner Sun Health Research Institute and you can mail that to 519 Enchantment Road Rapid City, South Dakota 57701.